Director: Albert Maysles
Cast: Carl Apfel, Iris Apfel
Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.
“Intimate, knowing portrait of a fashion icon who knows exactly who and what she is, and is often surrounded by people who don’t.” – John Anderson, Newsday
“There are few better ways right now to spend 80 movie minutes than to see Iris, a delightful eye-opener about life, love, statement eyeglasses, bracelets the size of tricycle tires and the art of making the grandest of entrances.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“The chief virtue of ‘Iris’ is its amiability – it’s a delight to spend time in Apfel’s company, and thanks to Albert Maysles, we can.” – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle