The September Issue

The September Issue

The September Issue

The September 2008 issue of Vogue, weighing nearly five pounds, was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this documentary tells the story of Vogue's icy, legendary, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and heading the world of fashion.

Cinematography Award (Documentary), Sundance Film Festival 2009.
2009Rating: PG, contains coarse language88 minsUSA
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The September Issue / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A dishy and engrossing peek inside the fashion world’s corridors of power -- every bit as slickly packaged as the publication it seeks to uncover.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Essentially a dialogue about fashion and the fashion world. We are there at the meetings, the fittings, the catwalks, the shoots and in the corridors of the New York Time Squares offices where politics, creative decisions and high-level stress teeter as if on impossibly high stilettos. We meet designers, assistants, executives and models. The cover shoot in Rome with actress Sienna Miller is an eye-brow arching experience - from the initial meeting, the shoot itself and the process through which the cover is realised. It's what is NOT said that is most interesting...

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Total Film

Total Film

Brüno-style bitchiness isn’t entirely missing: cover girl Sienna Miller gets a particular hammering, while Vogue’s flamboyant Editor-At-Large André Leon Talley wastes no chance to dish the dirt. But you do question the film’s professional distance, especially when Grace inveigles one of Cutler’s portly cameramen to take part in a photo shoot.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This entertaining, glib movie is about the maintenance of a brand that Ms. Wintour has brilliantly cultivated since she assumed her place at the top of the editorial masthead in 1988 and which the documentary’s director, R. J. Cutler, has helped polish with a take so flattering he might as well work there.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

Grace Coddington's (Wintour's hard-pressed creative director) dramatic talent for styling photo shoots steals the film from Wintour's flinty editor's eye.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Well structured, entertaining and revealing documentary.

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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

Which photos make it into the final edition? Are there enough Nina Ricci dresses? Will Sienna Miller wear a wig? The achievement of The September Issue is that by the end of the film I actually cared about the answers to these questions.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Consistent with her ice queen reputation, Wintour is often disconcertingly direct and frequently unfeeling, though not without a dry sense of humor.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A splendid study of the forces and passions behind the world’s biggest fashion magazine.

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