Ask Bill Cunningham if he likes the new documentary about his life and work, and he’ll tell you he hasn’t seen it yet. In fact, The New York Times street style photographer has no plans to watch Bill Cunningham New York, the documentary that director Richard Press made about him.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to see films about yourself,” Cunningham told WWD yesterday.
But he also didn’t think making the film was a good idea in the first place. Press and producer Philip Gefter said they spent eight years trying to convince Cunningham that the movie was a good idea, to no avail. Cunningham says he only agreed to do the movie after the publisher of The New York Times said he thought it’d be a great film.
“I did cooperate because the publisher of the Times asked me to,” he said. He explained that he has a very good relationship with Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and his family. “He didn’t call in a favor,” Cunningham said, “but I just wouldn’t disappoint him.”
We already have tickets to see the movie when it premieres at New York’s Film Forum on March 16th, but you can see when it’s coming to your neighborhood here.
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