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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Times of Bill Cunningham

2018, Mark Bozek, USA, 74 min.
Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 28th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Feb 29th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Mar 1st 2:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 3rd 8:30pm
  • Wed, Mar 4th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 5th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Mar 6th 4:15pm
  • Sat, Mar 7th 3:15pm
  • Sun, Mar 8th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 9th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 10th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 12th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"A snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it...movingly captures what made [Cunningham] unique."—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A wonderfully New York-centric story...the film is never less than charming, imbued with genuine fondness for its subject."—David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

This chronicle of the creative journey of New York Times “On the Street” photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham (1929-2016) might well bear the alternate title "Tales of Lost New York." The evolution of the city as the cradle of great personalities, fascinating eccentrics, and true originals is compellingly woven through Cunningham's story, based on an extended 1994 interview conducted by director Bozek. Following a conservative Catholic upbringing in Boston, where he was distracted in church by the ladies' hats, Cunningham was transplanted to the city he came to love with a passion, along with anything and everything that signaled personal style. Ensconced in one of the famed Carnegie Hall studios, he went from milliner to the likes of Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe to journalist, becoming a self-taught photographer after the gift of a small camera opened up the world of street style. Although shy and self-effacing, no one drops names and tells stories quite like Cunningham. Names like Marlon Brando, Leonard Bernstein, Jacqueline Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, Balenciaga, and Dior roll off his tongue, accompanied by hundreds of stunning and essential candid photos, many never made public during his lifetime. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Mark Bozek and former model and fashion advocate Bethann Hardison are scheduled to be present in our Gallery/Café for Q&A following the 6:15 pm screening on Friday, February 28.

Please join the Gene Siskel Film Center's Associate Producers for a reception and conversation after 6:00pm screening of THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM on Wednesday, March 4. Conversation moderated by Tommy Walton and Gillion Carrera.

Gillion Carrera, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professor, adjunct, department of art history, theory + criticism, department of fashion design, and a metalsmith creating jewelry and objects.

A Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tommy Walton’s body of work is dedicated to exploring the boundaries and intersections of classical genres of Fashion, Brand Identity, and Culinary Art, with a focus on providing the ultimate artistic experience outside of the parameters of design tradition and professional practice. Tommy endeavors to deliver a unique approach to learning and creating, by presenting a multi-faceted repertoire of interdisciplinary “Edu-tainment ”.

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