September Issue

September Issue

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Director: R.J. Cutler

Cast: R.J. Cutler, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley


Vogue has been the most powerful and best-respected fashion magazine in the world for decades, and each year the journal devotes a fall issue to the designs and designers that the editors feel will be influential in the coming year. The September 2007 issue of Vogue, that year's annual Fall Fashion issue, became the biggest single issue in the magazine's long history,… See more details below

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Vogue has been the most powerful and best-respected fashion magazine in the world for decades, and each year the journal devotes a fall issue to the designs and designers that the editors feel will be influential in the coming year. The September 2007 issue of Vogue, that year's annual Fall Fashion issue, became the biggest single issue in the magazine's long history, and filmmaker R.J. Cutler was given unprecedented access to Vogue's creative team as the issue was being prepared. The September Issue is a documentary which focuses on Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she visits the annual Fashion Week shows, accepts or dismisses the latest creations of the biggest names in fashion, works with the models, photographers, and writers who help bring her vision to the page, and labors with her staff to determine what the world's fashionistas will be wearing for the next 12 months. The September Issue received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award for excellence in documentary cinematography.

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Editorial Reviews

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Just like its magazine subject, The September Issue begins and ends with Anna Wintour. R.J. Cutler's documentary appropriately opens with a close-up on the Vogue editor in chief, who dictates seemingly every aspect of the magazine's production as well as fashion itself. In the film, she lends her insight to designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and rising star Thakoon Panichgul, while one observer calls her the most powerful woman in the world. Vogue is fashion's bible, Wintour its god, and The September Issue captures divine inspiration as she and her staff craft the magazine's biggest issue yet: the September 2007 edition, which weighed almost five pounds and boasted 840 pages. "Less is more," declares Wintour in the months of preparation for the massive issue, but it's hard to see where this mandate fits in with the magazine's fashion or editorial philosophy. However, as much as the film is about the iconic editor, it also focuses on Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. The Welsh model-turned-editor constantly engages the powerful editor in chief in debate, as Wintour wages a war on black and Coddington tries to introduce soft photography to the magazine's pages. The September Issue focuses on this battle of aesthetics, and Coddington is the only one who stands up to Wintour's withering glances. As creative director, Coddington seems more involved with her fashion shoots than her peers at other magazines, and she certainly takes it personally when Wintour removes her work from the final product. Even though Wintour was the not-so-thinly-veiled basis for The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly, she comes across as more human in this documentary than she did in Lauren Weisberger's roman à clef or even Meryl Streep's portrayal. She is undeniably cold, but she is a remarkably successful woman in power. Scenes with her daughter add another layer to the much-talked-about persona, as do the moments where she discusses her upbringing and family situation. Director Cutler began his career producing the Bill Clinton campaign documentary The War Room, before he moved into the director's chair with the Oliver North-focused film A Perfect Candidate. There's plenty of office politics in The September Issue, but this is largely a light, entertaining film. Juno's music supervisor, Margaret Yen, underscores the frantic energy of the action with a soundtrack featuring songs from indie rock bands such as VHS or Beta, LCD Soundsystem, and Of Montreal. All the scenes featuring Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley prove that the best characters aren't necessarily fictional. The flamboyant Talley is as charismatic as Anna is cold, whether he is sharing his insight with fashion designer Isabel Toledo or taking tennis lessons wearing a Louis Vuitton towel wrapped around his shoulders. However, despite including footage of the editor at large, The September Issue remains remarkably focused and tight in its runtime. This is an entertaining, engaging look at both the fashion and magazine industries that rarely takes its gaze off the woman at the top of both businesses.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Wintour Participant
Grace Coddington Participant
André Leon Talley Participant
Thakoon Panichgul Participant
Hamish Bowles Participant
Sarah Brown Participant
Charlie Churchward Participant
Oscar de la Renta Participant
Patrick DeMarchelier Participant
Jill Demling Participant
Edward Enninful Participant
Brian Fee Participant
Filipa Fino Participant
Tom Florio Participant
Jean-Paul Gaultier Participant
Nicolas Ghesquiere Participant
Tonne Goodman Participant
Laurie Jones Participant
Karen Katz Participant
Alexandra Kotur Participant
Karl Lagerfeld Participant
Philip Lim Participant
Luiza Madejak Participant
Jim Mate Participant
Craig McDean Participant
Sienna Miller Participant
Sonya Mooney Participant
Jessica Nagin Participant
Si Newhouse Participant
Alberto Orta Participant
Sophie Pera Participant
Stefano Pilati Participant
Phyllis Posnick Participant
Candy Pratts Price Participant
Alex Rankovic Participant
Coco Rocha Participant
Jessica Sailer Participant
Elissa Santisi Participant
Bee Shaffer Participant
Ivan Shaw Participant
David Sims Participant
Sally Singer Participant
Virginia Smith Participant
Virginia Smith Participant
Danko Steiner Participant
Burton Tansky Participant
Mario Testino Participant
Jane Thompson Participant
Isabel Toledo Participant
Charles Townsend Participant
Caroline Trentini Participant
Vera Wang Participant
Daria Werbowy Participant
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff Participant
Raquel Zimmerman Participant
Robert Richman Participant

Technical Credits
R.J. Cutler Director,Executive Producer
Giuseppe Cioccarelli Production Manager
Robert DeBitetto Executive Producer
Eliza Hindmarch Producer
Jenny Lee Art Director
Mary Lisio Co-producer
Mike Martin Production Manager
Jorge Menna Production Manager
Edward O'Connor Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Richey Score Composer
Robert Richman Cinematographer
Azin Samari Editor
Robert Sharenow Executive Producer
Sadia Shepard Producer
Gareth Smith Art Director
Romain Staropoli Production Manager
Molly Thompson Executive Producer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The September Issue
1. Nyc 2007 [8:41]
2. Vogue / Retailers Breakfast [8:47]
3. Anna's History [10:11]
4. Thakoon & Oscar [8:47]
5. Six Weeks Until Closing [9:59]
6. Day Before Paris [7:14]
7. Paris Couture [8:51]
8. André Plays Tennis [9:17]
9. Grace Reflects [4:18]
10. Color Block, Take Two [5:52]
11. Closing [2:42]
12. End Credits [5:08]

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