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The September Issue

Directed by RJ Cutler (Paradox)


Fashion addicts drooled with anticipation when word got out there was a documentary about the making of September 2007's issue of Vogue, the biggest ever at a record 800-plus pages, weighing more than your average purse dog. While there's a satisfying tease of gloss and glam, ultimately The September Issue is an entertaining but carefully orchestrated PR exercise for the magazine's executive editor, Anna Wintour, "the pope" of the fashion world. Wintour comes across as a demanding but calm boss with a singular vision and an expert eye, minus any of the Devil Wears Prada joyous camp. Those icy stares could be interpreted as nothing more than a woman deep in thought, curt answers as quick decisions made. In the rich special features' extra scenes, Wintour reveals quiet emotion while memorializing her former assistant, eccentric Isabella Blow, who committed suicide during the shoot, but it's Vogue's creative director, cat-lover and occasional Wintour nemesis Grace Coddington who emerges as the documentary's star, radiating warmth, loveliness and passion. And André Leon Talley, with his anguished cries over "a famine of beauty!" was born to give good camera.

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