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The September Issue
The September Issue
Actor: Anna Wintour
Genres: Documentary
PG-13     2010     1hr 30min

An intimate, funny and surprising behind-the-scenes look at VOGUE?S legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than- life editors, this is the captivating story of how they create the must-have bible of ...  more »


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Actor: Anna Wintour
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/23/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A movie with style and Grace!
L. B. | USA | 10/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great and fun documentary! What a treat to see inside this magazine. I went to learn more about Anna Wintour and I came out of this movie feeling like I developed a nice understanding of her - as much as one can from a film. She has a tough job. She is in a brutal industry (two actually: Fashion and Publishing) and she clearly cares about fashion and Vogue. Frankly. I see men who act FAR tougher than she, and no one gives them frosty nicknames. So what if she does not smile all the time? Half that industry has so much Botox, there is not too much smiling going on anyway.

Grace is the one who you come out of the movie wanting to have dinner with. She is talented, brilliant, warm, tough, and her photo shoots are amazing! There were moments where she just radiates warmth and insight so effortlessly, even when she is just taking in a gorgeous view of Paris. You can see how such an interesting person can produce such great art. The cost of the movie ticket was worth it just to see some of her photos that did not make it into the magazine. I hope they make a movie of her life, with plenty of her in it!

The bottom line: Anna sees fashion as an industry. Grace sees fashion as an art. Both are correct. There are only brief scenes with people from the fashion industry, and only slight glimpses of fashion shows... but that is fine. This is a film about Vogue, not designers.

ANY artist in any field can appreciate this film. It is about passionate artists who are doing great things." version is lacking....
miles | New York City, NY United States | 02/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"...something very important, and that is THE THIRD DISC.

I am not going to review the movie, but the DVD itself. The extra material is superb. It is fantastic actually, and these are for the true admirers of fashion and VOGUE. Could there be even more? Yeah, sure... They could have included the basic bios of the subjects, more pictures, VOGUE through ages, pivotal photos from the magazine archives, even more footage with the fashion designers and models etc. Still, over 90 minutes of extra material is just great.

But you know what is even greater than this version?

The THREE DISC VERSION that Barnes&Noble has to offer.

This elusive third disc in question includes a 25 minutes of footage from the preparation of the legendary Costume Institute Gala. It is just amazing. You get a lot of Anna here, and no Grace actually, however, you get to witness the MET event preparation including the decor, some peacocks, even Naomi Campbell, Cate Blanchett and Michael Bloomberg, and more of Anna being fashion's true 'Eminence Grise'. Her influence is immense, but this third disc truly proves how prominent she is, outside the high walls of VOGUE or the intimidating fashion shows. version of the DVD doesn't include this third disc. I suppose the moviemakers and studio did cut a deal with B&N, for something even more special and exclusive for a release just for them.

I have learned about this edition and got excited. And I went to B&N today, and picked up my copy. It is more expensive than the 2 disc amazon edition -understandably- but so worth it, in my opinion.

Disc I:

Some extra materials
Production photos

Disc II:

Extra materials (with Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Andre Leon Talley, Thakoon etc.)

Disc III:

Footage from Costume Institute Gala preparation/red carpet"
"Humanizing Anna"...or "Amazing Grace"
Andy Orrock | Dallas, TX | 09/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'The September Issue' is a superb piece of work. I watch a lot of documentaries...this one ranks near the top (though Leon Gast's When We Were Kings still holds the crown). I expected no less from R.J. Cutler, producer of The War Room, but it exceeded my expectations. More than any film I've seen, it captures the hard work and relentless attention to detail that goes into making an enterprise like Vogue (1-year) a world leader.

Cutler's film also humanizes Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who lets us in - if ever so slightly - to her world. We see her with CEOs, world-class designers, Conde Nast corporate staff and, delightfully, at home in a relaxed conversation with her daughter. We also see Anna as industry hub and power broker, here placing up-and-coming designer Thaksoon into a deal with The Gap. [It's emblematic of the many similar deals that Ms. Wintour has swung, Thom Browne + Brooks Brothers being one of the better known examples.]

Cutler also skillfully juxtaposes Wintour with Vogue senior stylist and director, Grace Coddington. Though ostensibly Wintour's star turn, it's the talent, drive and guts of Ms. Coddington that make her the film's heart.

How did Vogue come to be the hub of the fashion world? Watch this film to see how."
Anna and Grace
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 02/26/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

Marvelous look into the making, design and people who put the September Issue of Vogue out to the public. The fashion magazine that is a part of our culture and gives us the in depth study of fashion around the world.

Anna Wintour is the the influential editor of 'Vogue' and everyone is reverential to her. Heads of fashion studios do her bidding, they understand she can make and break their careers. In fact, Anna likes to control those around her, Anna wants all of her people to be in shape and to be healthy. Several of her staff mentioned that she has suggested they go to the gym. We are shown a little bit of Anna's personal life. She speaks of her two brothers and sister, all very successful in their lives, and she says her family thinks her job is 'interesting'. She feels her job as editor of Vogue was predestined- she made a list of what she would like to be as a child, and she said work for Vogue. Her father chastened her and said 'Editor of Vogue and here she is, fulfilling her father's wish!

Grace Coddington is the creative director and a more down to earth, realistic woman. She Was a model in the 60's and 70's and later went to work in the field of fashion, working her way up the ladder at Vogue. Anna Wintour considers her a genius in her field. Grace has long red hair, one of her trademarks. I kept thinking throughout the film that her stringy, frizzy hair really needed a shaping and cutting. Grace seems to love color, but is found wearing black much of the time. We can tell as we watch her work that she has an eye for fashion and creative design. Her scenes are fabulous, and this film is as much about her as it is Anna. They admire each other and have found ways to work with each other, but I suspect, Grace suffers more stress as her work is deleted.

The two of them, Anna and Grace together, are formidable. Each knows and understands they job, and they do not deal with fools easily. Anna is known as the 'ice lady' but she is the head of the company and the success of each magazine rests on her shoulders. She has power and uses it wisely from my perspective. In her home she shows a softer version, and when she looks at her daughter you can see how proud she is of her daughter and how much she loves her. But, it is often the severe Anna we see, the fashion designers' hands tremble in her presence. One large jolly fellow is, André Leon Talley, Vogue's resident jester, who wears a different bizarre suit, coat and hat every time he appears. The characters who are and surround the staff are all excellent and excel,and God help them if they make an error.

Anna Wintour claims that "fashion is not about looking back, it's about looking forward. This is a documentary that was fun and informative and took us into the world of fashion. Large, overblown, but always beautiful- Paris, Rome and New York City, how exquisite!

Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-26-10

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