Bill Cunningham New York

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Bill Cunningham New York
Directed byRichard Press
Produced byPhilip Gefter
StarringBill Cunningham
CinematographyTony Cenicola
Richard Press
Edited byRyan Denmark
First Thought Films
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release dates
  • March 24, 2010 (2010-03-24) (New Directors/New Films)
  • March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

Bill Cunningham New York is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter. Bill Cunningham New York is distributed by Zeitgeist Films and was released in theaters on March 16, 2011.


"We all get dressed for Bill", says Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The Bill in question is The New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high-society charity soirées for the Times's Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours".

Full of uptown fixtures (such as Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham's enormous body of work documents its time and place as well as individual flair. Bill Cunningham New York portrays the man at work (on the street and at the office) and at home (a Carnegie Hall studio).




Bill Cunningham New York played at New York City's Film Forum from March 16 to 29, 2011, before opening in theaters in a limited release around the United States.


The film was critically well-received, garnering a 99% approval rating on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[1] The Hollywood Reporter described Bill Cunningham New York as a "Fascinating doc about a photographer surveying the highs and lows of New York society."[2] New York Magazine chose Bill Cunningham New York as one of their Critics' Picks.[3] Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars, writing "This movie made me happy every moment I was watching it."[4] The film received a score of 76 on the aggregate website Metacritic indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]


  1. ^ "Bill Cunningham New York Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bill Cunningham New York: Film Review". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  3. ^ Chocano, Carina (2011-03-15). "'Bill Cunningham New York,' Fashion Photographer - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  4. ^ "Bill Cunningham New York".
  5. ^ "Critic reviews for Bill Cunningham New York - Metacritic". March 16, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2020.

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