FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

By John MALOOF, Charlie SISKEL

THE FESTIVAL AGENCY (PARIS) - as FEST

Art - Culture - Completed 2013

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 84 mn
    • Director(s)
    • John MALOOF, Charlie SISKEL
    • Synopsis
    • Vivian Maier was a mystery even to those who knew her. A secretive nanny in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, she died in 2009 and would have been forgotten. Until John Maloof, an amateur historian, uncovered thousands of negatives at a storage locker auction and changed history. Now, Vivian Maier is hailed as one of the greatest 20th Century photographers along with Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Weegee. Finding Vivian Maier unearths the Artist’s story, combing through thousands of her negatives, Super 8 film footage and audio recordings she left behind. As the filmmakers track down an odd collection of parents who hired her, children she cared for, store owners, movie theatre operators and curious neighbours who remember her, the story offers a portrait that is at times bewildering and troubling.
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