September Issue, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Bio/doc about Vogue editor Anna Wintour, whose life generated the storyline for The Devil Wears Prada. Directed by R. J. Cutler.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutlerís new film The September Issue does for fashion what he did for politics in The War Room, taking the viewer inside a world they only think they know.

Every August a record-breaking number of people canít wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, reaching an audience of thirteen million people, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintourís Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process.

PREVIEW REVIEW: What keeps this documentary on couture lively is the inclusion of the thoughts, musings and struggles of Wintourís creative director and right arm, Grace Coddington. A one time model, the now middle-aged Coddington, considered a fashion genius with an eye for photographic perfection, maintains a precarious relationship with Ms. Wintour. If you are interested in the world of fashion, I can think of no better double feature than screening The September Issue, then later that weekend, renting The Devil Wears Prada.

I have the audacity to think that my work is somehow connected to the spiritual big picture not because of my snide remarks about mediocre movies, but because I may direct some video searchers in the direction of a film that may uplift and nurture the spirit. (Thatís how I validate my time spent in movie theatres and how I lift my head up among those who make money for a living.) Iím not sure a pair of shoes, no matter how well made, or by whom, should stir the soul. Frightening to think it does so for some.

Still, there is something to be said for style. Looking around the local Wall Mart, which I must frequent, itís difficult to find many who embrace style over function. In an era when people feel more comfortable in three-quarter-length, butt-sagging shorts and tees not with designer labels, but beer commercials, and the often too exposing footwear known as flip flops, one wonders if Lagerfeld, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent might just be nearing the final red carpet.

People look better dressed. Okay, the tie is dead and suit-wearing occasions now only require an open shirt and dress Khakis. But guys look better in pressed pants. And women look more genteel in cocktail dresses than Bermuda shorts. Movies such as The September Issue, Valentino: The Last Emperor, and The Devil Wears Prada remind us that fashion has its place. Personally, I donít ever want to wear a $200 tie or a $2,000 watch. Nor, however, do I want a Jayhawks logo to express my taste (I live in Kansas Ė therefore a certain amount of promotion of college basketball is required).

Hope Iím not stepping on toes. I really donít care if you wear a ballcap backwards. Itís just that somebody once said to me, ďPhil, you always look nice.Ē I cherish that moment. Usually, Iím asked, ďArenít you hot?Ē

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: I caught two obscenities Ė the f-word.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name.

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults and teen girls interested in fashion

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