American Dreams / UK premiere

Finding Vivian Maier

  • John Maloof, Charles Siskel /
  • USA /
  • 2013 /
  • 84 mins

Documentary / English

The gripping investigation of the life of a brilliant photographer.

A winning bid on a box of photographic negatives at a Chicago auctionhouse leads to the discovery of the massive body of work of a recently deceased, hitherto completely unknown photographer named Vivian Maier. In this thrilling and fascinating film, John Maloof, the lucky buyer of the treasure trove, follows the traces of the French-born Maier, who lived secretively in the United States as a professional nanny. A combination detective story, complex psychological portrait, and in-depth study of what makes great photography great. [PG]

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