The September Issue


The September Issue

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This doc about the making of Vogue's biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun.



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"The September Issue" is an intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of "Vogue" magazine for 20 years, and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable creative director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

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Critic Reviews for The September Issue

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  • Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it's fun for fashionholics just to watch a movie in which people say "It's a famine of beauty!" and "The jacket is the new coat," the film becomes more substantial as it narrows its focus to two people: an artist and a curator.

    Oct 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Coddington, at least, gives us an appreciation of the talent seeing to it that the grandest fashion magazine of them all still sells the dream of glamour with style.

    Sep 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An insider's view of high fashion's ultimate tastemakers proves it's not just for aficionados.

    Sep 18, 2009
  • [Cutler] worms his way into subcultures without judgment or probing, preferring to let group dynamics speak for themselves.

    Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The September Issue


It is strangely fascinating to have a close look at the creative process behind the biggest issue of the most influential fashion magazine in the planet and see how one woman's personal opinion can have such an incredible weight and impact on the fashion industry in general.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Kind of interesting, and kind of everything you'd expect it to be. Wanted less of Wintour being bitchy and more of why she was being bitchy.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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You're screen will practically frost over from Anna Wintour's icy personality but this is an interesting inside look at the organization of Vogue's big issue.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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this is probably a special interest documentary. i know alot of people feel fashion is frivolous and it is of course. it's a kind of fantasy world that's fairly divorced from reality but for a small and elite crowd, it is a religion. the film shows us the people behind the fashion bible, vogue's september issue, including the ice queen, anna wintour, played by meryl streep in the devil wears prada, her senior editor and former 60's model grace coddington, a true genius of fashion who steals the film from anna, the fabulous andre leon talley, photographers like mario testino and patrick demarchelier at work, various designers, etc. if none of this means anything to u, then u won't care about this film, but as someone who grew up with vogue, inspired by the fashion and especially the wonderful photography, all this was pretty fascinating. i don't read fashion magazines now but this one really opened my eyes as a kid until the edgier elle took over in the 90's

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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