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September Issue

The September Issue

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Director: R.J. Cutler

Cast: Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley


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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,


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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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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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
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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This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of The September Issue includes a 3rd disc with the 25-minute bonus featurette, "The Met Ball."
Disc 1 bonus features include audio commentary with director R.J. Cutler; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes photos; and the theatrical trailer.
Disc 2 bonus features include more than 20 additional deleted scenes, with 1hour of extra footage featuring Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley, John Galliano, Vera Wang, Thakoon, and more.


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The September Issue 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Ginger416 More than 1 year ago
Recommended for people interested in the fashion industry
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The September Issue gives an amazing, real life look into the world of magazine publishing. With the additional behind-the-scenes footage, you truly see how crazy the world of fashion can be. Definitely a "must have" for any true slave to fashion.
Adwoa More than 1 year ago
If you are contemplating such as myself as to how the so called fashion Bible is run by the self proclaimed ice queen Anna Wintour look no further than The September Issuse. This movie goes beyond the glass doors into the magazine for their coveted September Issuse; in the movie the viewers get a chance to see the calculating, cunning and mischievous Wintour does what she does best-tear down people's ideas of beauty and reinvent them to her own standard. There are constant fashion insiders trying to make a guess as to what would Wintour like for the season. It is indeed a power trip and Wintour is not coming down any time soon. The movie opens up with testimonies from colleagues (in Wintour's case "puppets") about how wonderful and innovative the grand dame of fashion is!! One of the most memorable lines is from Andre Leon Talley who says to Vera Wang "I need beauty, my eyes are starving for beauty" it has even made it to a ringtone. Fabulous!! However the unsuspecting hero in all of this would be Grace Coddington - the famous and most humble editor at the magazine. Her most memorable quote is that people are not perfect models are-as Anna Wintour told the cameraman that he needed to lose a couple of pounds. Grace also has a history of going to battle with the ice queen as in the movie she needed more money for a beautiful editorial spread she made sure that Anna was ready to reject her budget-on camera. At the end of the day Anna Wintour tries her best to come off as a decent human being-but fails in the process. The movie does not get tot the sometimes controversial decisions that Wintour makes as she dictates what is beautiful. I personally walked away with believing that Ms. Wintour only believes that white and only white is beautiful. Something to think about!!
TylerJohn More than 1 year ago
This film is perfectly crafted and edited. The story behind The September Issue of 2007 is perfectly explained through the eyes of Anna Wintour, the great "Ice Queen" and Goddess of fashion. With help from her creative director, Grace, Vogue magazine is the most important fashion publication in the world. This documentary depicts Anna in different, and surprising, lights. I recommend this film to anyone interested in fashion and the high-profile behind-the-scenes action of Vogue Magazine. Truly entertaining from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this movie to people who are interested in the fashion industry or the publishing business. It is very good at showing the fight to keep art in the commercial enterprise of fashion and still be successful. Anna and Grace have the yin/yang relationship that has kept Vogue on top all these years - with Grace endlessly working on innovative and creative photo spreads, and Anna editing hundreds of photo spreads down into a coherent package every month. The 1 star is because this DVD is broken. I have returned/exchanged this DVD 3 times and each had the same problem - Disc 1 (the movie) has obvious surface defects and will not play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's a scene in the bonus features of the film September Issue that illustrates why it's such a snooze-fest. Cameron Diaz has arrived at the Met Ball, an annual gala hosted by Vogue Magazine to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. When she's done posing for the photographers Cam breezes into the party, passing by a tiny crone perched in the corner. She is Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue, and the hostess of the event. She is hunched over like a vulture, clutching her hands in front of her, glaring. Her bobbed hair envelopes her head so that only a slim slice of face is revealed. Miss Diaz could be forgiven for mistaking her for a prop mummy wheeled in from the Egyptian wing. Unfortunately, this frozen posture and expression of blank disdain represent the majority of the film, September Issue, which someone who should know better has deemed "fabulous". Anna Wintour, we are told, is the empress of the fashion world. This may be true, but she is an incredibly boring subject for a feature film. On the rare occasions when the cameras leave Anna's disdainful visage, we see her terrified staff instead of the colorful, vibrant world of fashion the audience has been promised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished watching the main disc which has the movie on it...there are two others; one of special features, one of the Met Ball. I will probably add comments after I watch the other two discs, but I wanted to say something about this disc that is an irritant to me. I hate to pick up a fashion magazine and see a "celebrity" on the cover! Celebrities are NOT fashion models! The women who are fashion models work incredibly hard to get to the top of their field. They have to be photogenic, they have to know their best angles for the photographer, they have to know how to move, etc., etc., and I find it extremely annoying to see a celebrity instead. Am I the only one who is annoyed by being bombarded by "celebrities" everywhere you look? If they are an actress or singer, or whatever, fine, but must they be on everything ? The pictures will come out o.k., because the magazine will make it o.k., by retouching it so they look like fashion models (I do realize there is retouching work done on photos of fashion models too), but they are not fashion models. I guess having a celebrity on the cover must sell magazines, because that's why everything is done these days, to make money, but really, I just get so tired of seeing actresses on the front cover, and featured inside a fashion magazine. So annoying!!!! The movie was o.k., but I didn't really think it showed the real chaos that surely happens right before the September issue is out. The movie did touch on it a little, but I would think it would be much more crazy than this. Will write again after I have watched the other two discs with an update. I actually enjoyed the scenes with ex-model/creative director/fashion person, Grace Coddington. Thought she had a wonderful eye for what works/what doesn't in photoshoots. Her story was very interesting to me (was a model, and got in a car accident; needed plastic surgery, got into creative directing instead). I thought it was really interesting how she commented that real life was not perfect, and should not be presented that way in pictures. She said it was enough that the models were perfect. In one scene she calls the photo people and asks them to not retouch the photo of a photographer taking a picture of a model (Anna Wintour wanted the photographer's stomach to appear flatter, so she asked the photo dept. to alter the picture). Grace said that he should not look like a male model, but look like himself, and said to make sure they did not retouch the photo. Good for you, Grace! Could not give it more than 3 stars....love fashion, but I did not really feel involvement with the characters that much (except Grace Coddington) Should have talked a little more about Anna's background and how she came to be editor at American Vogue. Did touch on it, but not enough. More on how the job affects her life, etc, so you the viewer could relate to her a little more. I know "The Devil Wore Prada" was a fictional dramatic comedy story, but actually enjoyed that much more than this movie. Not "real" enough for me. Dragged too much. Didn't make you care about the characters enough.
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