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The September Issue

September 9, 2010

The September Issue (2009)
Director: R.J. Cutler

Synopsis: A documentary charting the genesis of a September edition of Vogue magazine.

Review: This is a slyly compelling portrait of the political machinations at Vogue magazine and its two main players, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and creative editor Grace Coddington. Seemingly offering little more than a superficial insight into the release of the seminal September issue of Vogue, the film slowly becomes a revealing tête à tête between these two women, who though very different in sensibility and taste, have a unitary instinct for what is right for their publication that ultimately bears fruit. It’s almost a sort of unacknowledged love affair. Both women have similar anglophile backgrounds, and although they spend a lot of the time disagreeing with Wintour frequently giving Coddington’s creative ideas little credence, it’s clear that Wintour relies on Coddington as the proverbial ‘safe pair of hands’ to ensure Vogue’s iconic fashion status is never compromised. Proving the old documentary maxim that ‘less is more’ and that simply bearing witness can provide the most thrilling results, Cutler’s intimate style is what deservedly draws out this co-dependent relationship between Wintour and Coddington, and makes for such an interesting film. (October 2009)

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