Finding Vivian Maier

2013 United States

Screening: 15th May 2023, 83 minutes

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Documentary revealing how a box of negatives bought at auction led to the discovery of the prolific photographer Vivian Maier, who depicted street-life in America, and who is now recognised as one of the foremost female artists of her time. A "Who done it " of the photography art world.

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I found it very romantic, this lady coming from a countryside (though born in NYC), being able to keep a fresh eye over what was surrounding her, whether it was politics, people, news. She could keep a genuine uncompromising relation with it all. I'm myself an artist and appreciate people like her. I'm just sorry she couldn't profit from her work.
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Thanks
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Fascinating story.
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Inspiring!
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Absolutely loved it!
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Fantastic. Thought provoking. Moving.
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Intriguing.
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Excellent - have wanted to see a film about her for years.
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Very different & most thoughtful. Unusual - didn’t realise how different Americans were.
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Fascinating! A well chosen film, again. Thank you.
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Very, very interesting - fascinating - rather sad. Would like to see much more of her work.
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It meant a lot to me on a personal level.
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Best film I've seen for ages.
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Great to see such an interesting documentary.
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Amazing.
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An amazing life - who knows what else the world has missed.
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Fascinating documentary. So many questions left unanswered. Fabulous black & white photos.
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Intriguing insight. Held my interest throughout. Fascinating story.
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Very interesting life. Brilliant photographer and interesting life.
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Wasn't sure what to expect. Very moving and engrossing. What a strange disturbed and gifted lady.
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Fascinating insights of an amazing woman. Enjoyable yet troubling too.
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Very different film. Most enjoyable. Would like to find out where she really came from.
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Amazing insight with very complex person.
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A lovely surprise. Superbly shot, narrated & soundtrack. Intriguing.
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I really enjoyed it. Very interesting but it jumped around & it was difficult to work out how her personality & mental problems changed.
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Very interesting & (towards the end) rather sad study of an 'unknown' artist.
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Fantastic film. Very well prepared on very little evidence. Highlights how you have to mistrust establishments.
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Fascinating insight into an amazing and enigmatic woman. I think there's a bit of Vivian Maier in all of us!
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Absolutely excellent and very good introduction by Martine.
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Very interesting. Fascinating story - wonderful photography - everyone with the eyes directly to the photograph - and suddenly it turns so dark! It must have cost so much to do all the detailed difficult research - so worthwhile.
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I loved this art for the artist. Extraordinary & v. moving. Fantastic film, skilfully revealing layers of an extraordinary person - with extraordinary talent. The love she inspired seemed to be fuelled by the fear and suspicion with which people viewed her. Skilful cinematography and use of a 'crime' reveal type genre - very fitting for the mystery reveal. So grateful to Fleet Film as always for such an emotionally challenging experience.
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A very good film about a damaged lonely lady who sadly passed some of her angst onto her charges - BUT a brilliant photographer of mostly sad people.
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I have never been interested in photography but found the film fascinating. The photography was impressive and moving. A very xxxx film
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This film was different! I really enjoyed it. Excellent photography and well paced. Interesting interviews with different views but all very similar about Vivian. It would have been great to have her interviewed!
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Very different and very interesting. Has made me see people in a different way.
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What to make of Vivian Maier? I feel like I've discovered her, but not 'found' her. An interesting exploration of the light and dark side of an artist.
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An interesting portrait of a very complex character. Obviously very private, obsessive. She clearly had empathy with children, the poor, the outcast - a fascination with everyday life. Yet she remained always an outsider and with a dark side. The portraits were wonderful!
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Very interesting story at first but interviews later became repetitive. Photos are a good record of 'social history' though.
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Really interesting. Lots to speculate about and I love the way the film was shot, seeming to emulate the Vivian Maier style. Could have been edited a little.
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Interesting film but I prefer when you screen foreign language dramas.
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Fascinating.
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Very interesting film.
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Interesting, fascinating, unusual, sad.
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Very interesting film about a very damaged person. Photographs were amazing.
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Most unusual but captivating. Another great choice.
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Fascinating - very interesting - she is still a mystery. Her photos are amazing.
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Good documentary. Quite enjoyable watch. Going home to Google her!
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Fascinating insight into a life.
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Interesting insight into a private person of talent.
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Interesting film - something I didn't know. Sound was too loud!
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Fascinating and disturbing in equal measure. Thank you for the excellent introduction.
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Good film - different & thought provoking - I think I'll have a clear out of my stuff though!!
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Very loud!
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It was a bit unusual - documentary rather than a story. Interesting but a bit of a departure from films you usually show.
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Interesting but not as good as a film in a foreign language.
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A perfect example of American story telling. A hero made out of nothing posthumously.
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A very different film to usual - an interesting selection of black & white photos by a talented photographer - posthumous immortality (at least for a little while!)
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