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Finding Vivian Maier [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2014
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LY0T7WC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,209 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Includes an exclusive limited edition set of Vivian Maier postcards.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2014
"Finding Vivian Maier" (2014 release; 83 min.) is a documentary about nanny-turned-street photographer Vivian Maier. As the movie opens, writer-director John Maloof tells the story of how by happenstance a few years ago he bought a big box of negatives and when he started to realize the astonishing quality of those pictures, he tracked down more of those boxes, found the name "Vivian Maier", and made it his life's work to do find out more about the mysterious woman. To tell you much more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, I am not giving away much when I say that Maier passed away some 4-5 years ago. Maloof has in essence become the caretaker of her photographic estate and reputation. He has issued at least one book on her that I know of (with another on the way), and his doggedness (other might call it obsession) to get Maier the exposure she never got in her lifetime has lead to the making of this documentary (co-directed by Charlie Siskel). Second, the depth of Maier's collection (over 100,000 pictures, plus a bunch of 8 mm movies and cassette tapes) is amazing, and as such they provide another glimpse into a long gone era. Third, the quality of Maier as a portrait photographer is extraordinary. The documentary contains many examples of that. Last but not least, kudos to the co-directors Maloof and Siskel for bringing this as a sort of "Where's Waldo" type film, as we search for clues into Maier's life and why she never released any of these pictures during her lifetime.

I saw "Finding Vivian Maier" recently at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, DC and the matinee screening where I saw this at was very well attended, I am happy to say. If you like documentaries, and also art, and also a good mystery, you cannot go wrong with this. "Finding Vivian Maier" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ibraar 'Le Saracen' TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2014
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I've been looking forward to watching this and I thank Amazon for sending me a review copy.

As a photographer who uses a Rolleiflex TLR camera, I've been fascinated with Vivian Maier's work ever since I first glimpsed her photographs and her 'selfie' with the Rolleiflex round her neck.

Vivian Maier was a brilliant photographer; genius even, in so many ways, but that's my opinion and for the viewer to explore and see.

I have watched the BBC Documentary on Vivian Maier and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The BBC Doc was a biographical sketch of her life, brilliantly filmed and put together with interviews, archives, footage and everything else. On that Doc, when released, it was stated that John Maloof declined to appear in that Film as he was producing his own one, and he has the largest collection of Vivian maier's work.

Anyway, this is John Maloof's Film which has recently been on Cinema, and it is quite a mixed bag.

let me cut to the chase by stating that I think the BBC doc is a far better piece of Film making.
This has more footage of Super 8 and 16mm footage and a more familiar selection of photographs presented in the Film, but as a spectacle - this is second best.

The Film is about 80 minutes long, and is a sketch of her life, Interspersed with photos and footage taken by Her.
It includes a wealth of Interviews with people who knew her, and the Film ends up trying to portray a mysterious enigmatic figure who is almost like a ghost, ethereal, and fleeting - the mystery makes her greater and is part of what attracts people to her work in particular.

The Film attempted the following:
Portray her as an enigma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2014
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About Vivian Maier, in case you don't know she was born in New York in 1926 and spent the best part of 40 years as a nanny, mainly in Chicago.
She never left home without a camera hanging from her neck, a Rolleiflex twin lens.
She took an incredible number of pictures but never shared or displayed them.
Vivian never married or had relationships and was considered by those who knew as a little strange and introverted.
She died in relative poverty in April 2009
Next comes John Maloof, a collector who bought a number of boxes containing lots of black and white negatives at auction.
He scanned some of these negatives and posted them online and the world went crazy for these atmospheric moments in time captured by Maier.
Maloof then bought up as much of her stuff as he could and now owns over 150,000 negatives, personal bits and pieces and some home movies.
There is no doubt that some of her pictures are brilliant and make you stop and think, they make you take a moment to pause.
I like most of her work although it did strike me that over 150,000 pictures is an incredible number of photographs.
Imagine if Facebook had been around in her time.
The home films she shot look exactly like home movies, she did not have the same eye here.
All in all Vivian Maier is a fascinating character and I look forward to seeing more of her work as it is released. She shot colour film in later years but these don't have the same quality as her earlier work.
Finally about this documentary, it is good and worth watching especially if you love photography.
However it does lack something as a documentary film, probably because we didn't know of Vivian Maier until after her death.
People giving interviews about a woman that nobody appears to have known well.
You do get to see a lot of her work, which is the most important point..
As a film I am not sure Vivian Maier would have approved.
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