The Gospel According to André

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The Gospel According to André offers an engaging overview of its fascinating subject, even if his accomplishments -- and outsize personality -- prove too expansive for a single film.



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André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it's difficult to imagine a time when he wasn't defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack's intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André's roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times. Novack's film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André's beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women's Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André's poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture. Produced by the team who brought viewers The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentary.


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  • Pleasantly fills a 90-minute gap, but probably one for fashion nuts only.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Talley strikes you as a man of sincerity and depth behind all the air-kissing and lamé.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • Indeed, the film is alive with unintentional comedy...Which helpfully distracts from the deadening effect of the surrounding film.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Novack follows Talley's lead, but at a polite distance.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Kate Novack] realised that there was a lot more to him than the flamboyant front with which he faces life and her tenderly perceptive film.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Gospel According to André" leaves you wishing you knew a little more about this complex, elegant gentleman and his lifelong love affair with style.

    Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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