From July 29- August 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents two fascinating portraits of legendary figures of the fashion world.
Bill Cunningham New York
2010, Richard Press, USA, 84 min., 35mm
"**** This movie made me happy every moment I was watching it."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"No passion for fashion is required to enjoy this absorbing portrait."—Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"We all get dressed for Bill," says Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Bill Cunningham New York is less a fashionista wallow (although it certainly satisfies on that level) than a buoyant portrait of the legendary photographer whose monastic, egalitarian lifestyle goes against the grain of the fashion world he has chronicled so devotedly for over forty years. The spry, self-effacing Cunningham is best known for his weekly New York Times feature "On the Street," which took fashion out of the salons and established street style as the weathervane of couture trends to come. 35mm.
Friday, July 29, 6:15pm; Saturday, July 30, 3:00pm, 6:45pm; Sunday, July 31, 5:15pm, Monday, August 1, 6:15pm, Tuesday, August 2, 8:00pm; Wednesday, August 3, 6:15pm; Thursday, August 4, 6:15pm, 8:00pm
2010, Pierre Thoretton, France, 98 min., HDCAM Video
“A consummately clear-headed documentary that honors the allure of its subject.”—Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
The legend of Yves Saint-Laurent, the shy French haute couture superstar, is explored following his 2008 death in this documentary presided over by Pierre Bergé, the designer’s longtime lover and business mastermind. At the heart of the film is the pair’s love of beautiful and luxurious objects rather than love per se, as Bergé prepares to auction off his partner’s phenomenal lifetime collection of objets d’art, from paintings by Degas and Mondrian to trinkets. Director Thoretton contrasts archival footage of Saint-Laurent’s jet-set life with friends including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, and Jean Cocteau, with more than a peek at the sumptuous trappings of the designer’s spookily vacant homes in Paris, Marrakech, and Normandy. In French with English subtitles.
Friday, July 29, 8:00pm; Saturday, July 30, 4:45pm, 8:30pm, Sunday, July 31, 3:15pm; Monday, August 1, 8:00pm; Tuesday, August 2, 6:00pm; Wednesday, August 3, 8:00pm; Thursday, August 4, 6:00pm, 8:00pm
Fashionista Bonanza discount! Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either Bill Cunningham New York orL'amour Fou, and get a ticket for any performance of the other film at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)
Gene Siskel Film Center • 164 N. State St.
$11/General Admission; $7 Students (with I.D.); $6 Film Center Members
Discounted parking at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph St.
Rebate ticket available at Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office