On Tuesday 17 April I will be presenting the Amsterdam premiere of the award-winning documentary on fashion photographer Bill Cunningham at Rialto in Amsterdam.

The screening is part of the monthly artist film series ‘Cracking the Frame‘ that I’m currently programming for Rialto. Beautiful art related documentaries to be enjoyed in a laid-back atmosphere on the third Tuesday of each month.

Tuesday 17 April, 19.30h


Richard Press – US – 2010

For decades, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has been chronicling downtown eccentrics, fashion cat walks and high society charity soirees for the Times style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”

Now over 80, this shy man armed with his photo cameras and a bicycle has become a trusted columnist and a familiar face for many New Yorkers, but few are aware of how influential his photographs have been in documenting and helping defying forty years of New York fashion, art and culture.

Carefully collected over the years, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Richard Press’ film is an inspiring and insightful portrait of a man genuinely in love with fashion and photography. A personal and joyful film focused on the work and life of a dedicated artist, his own humanity and the untamed passion for the subject of his gaze.


Awarded as ‘Best Documentary’ by the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Directors Guild of America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary 2012 nomination.

Winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival 2011.


“Deeply moving, visually stunning.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“This is a fascinating portrait of a unique character who has built his own world out the worlds of others. Quite unlike poseur photographers, he dresses, eats sleeps and talks simply; he gets around on a push bike. And he smiles a lot. […] A rare and special film that should be savoured.” – Urban Cinephiles




Started in November 2011, this monthly program features an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.

CRACKING THE FRAME focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.

Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

Every third Tuesday of the month at Rialto Amsterdam.


  1. marilovegr33n · April 5, 2012

    Ho conosciuto da poco Bill Cunningham…e davvero credo che la sua sia una vera forma di arte! soprattutto considerando che è stato uno dei primi!!! baciiii

  2. christianpazzaglia · April 5, 2012

    Grazie del commento. Sí, direi che la definizione di ‘artista’ Bill se la merita proprio.

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