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The Vivian Maier Mystery

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Jill Nichols

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About the Movie

This fascinating documentary uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now lives on and established her as one of the century’s master street photographers. “The Vivian Maier Mystery” uncovers the story behind the woman behind the camera. A FilmBuff Presentation.

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Watch this before, after, or instead of the other Vivian Maier doc

I recently saw “Finding Vivian Maier” at my local art cinema and then decided to watch this other one as well. Both were fascinating, but “Finding” is filled with blindspots; it’s sometimes self-legitimating and self-aggrandizing, and it leaves a lot of important details about Maier herself out of the narration. This documentary (“The Vivian Maier Mysetry”) actually puts Maier (rather than the pursuit and assemblage of her archive) at the center. A historian is consulted, and what she finds is incredibly useful. There are also plenty of photographs (different ones, actually) and excellent discussion of them. But there are also details about Maier’s origins, her family, her death, and so on that you won’t get in the other documentary. One notable detail left out of the other film: Maier’s storage lockers, filled with her work, went to auction when she was still alive (possibly in hospital). Her possessions were auctioned in 2007; she died in 2009. In summary: this documentary is much recommended. I preferred this one, in fact, even though the other one was of course fascinating. This one seems less biased, less self-interested. It also clocks in under an hour.


I found this movie completely haunting. I liked the other documentary but it was really more about the guy who made it than about the artist herself. This film does a fantastic job of looking at Vivian Maier's work with a critical eye and analyzing her process. It's a MUST for any Vivian Maier fan -- and any fan of street photography!

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