“I improvise, it’s like playing jazz,” says Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel in “Iris,” the late Albert Maysles’ final solo venture as documentary director. It’s a meeting of kind minds: Maysles always worked well with women and was drawn to them in many of the films he made, as well as with his brother, notably, “Grey Gardens.” Looking. Listening. Admiring. Even loving. Apfel’s amply creative style, from couture to costume and back again, is as colorful as can be, and through Maysles’ eyes, she’s one chatty, witty, wise character: “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.” With Mickey Boardman, Tavi Gevinson, David Hoey, Jenna Lyons, Dries van Noten, Bruce Weber. 78m. (Ray Pride)
“Iris” opens Friday, May 15 at the Music Box.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.