The September Issue from director R.J. Cutler is brilliant. I often complain that Sundance documentaries never make it out of the film festival circuit. But you will see this movie in theaters and on TV.
I love the way the filmmakers approached the topic. There was no judgment. Just an honest view of the fashion world. Consequently, the movie makes you hate fashion for its superficiality. And love fashion for its depth, passion, and beauty.
The movie was filmed over nine months and follows the development of the 2007 September issue of Vogue magazine, the biggest issue of the year. Anna Wintour is the star and she’s everything you expect; cold, calculating, and brutally direct. I expected that. What I didn’t expect were the supporting characters. Two people in particular made the movie. Grace Coddington, an aging model turned editor extraordinaire is genius. And famed fashion photographer Mario Testino was just crazy enough to make you want fly to Rome and have your picture taken. Once again, I was reminded why I love Italians.
Anna Wintour summed up my anticipation for the rest of Sundance with the last line in the movie, “What else?” I can hardly wait to find out.