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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Title: Finding Vivian Maier

Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

This brilliant documentary unveils, posthumously, a virtuoso of photography. Vivian Maier, didn’t aspire to fame. She didn’t call herself an artist. She was a nanny. A traveller. A woman who went by many names. She was aloof. At times cynical. And with some terribly bizarre habits.

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ reveals the strange and riveting life and art of one the most accomplished street photographers of the 20th century, whose work was discovered by John Maloof, when he bought a box of her negatives at a local thrift auction house in Chicago.

Maloof’s incredibly perseverance in his scavenger-hunt-quest, to find out who the mysterious woman behind the camera was and where she came from, was rewarded. Not only does the man who championed her work succeed in discovering the lady’s identity, but his promotion of Vivian Maier’s photography was received triumphantly by the arts world.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s prolific body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. Naturally, John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

The documentary shows how Maloof and his collaborator Charlie Siskel, manage to balance the insider knowledge and universal intrigue in retracing the obsessive study of an obsessive artist, through this remarkable Kickstarter project.

Technical: B

Story: A+

Overall: A

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a storyteller, who speaks and writes fluently in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She is member of the Italian Association of Journalists and of the Foreign Press in New York City. She studied in a British school in Milan, from nursery to high school, after which she graduated in Political Sciences, got a Masters in screen-writing and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.

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