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The September Issue -- A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.
The September Issue -- A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2008 fall-fashion issue.
The September Issue -- A clip from R.J. Cutler's documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour
The September Issue -- A clip from R.J. Cutler's documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour
The September Issue -- A clip from R.J. Cutler's documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour


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Fashion is a religion. This is the bible.
A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Thakoon Panichgul ... Himself

André Leon Talley ... Himself

Grace Coddington ... Herself

Anna Wintour ... Herself

Hamish Bowles ... Himself
Sarah Brown ... Herself
Charles Churchward ... Himself (as Charlie Churchward)

Oscar de la Renta ... Himself

Patrick DeMarchelier ... Himself
Jill Demling ... Herself
Edward Enninful ... Himself
Brian Fee ... Himself
Filipa Fino ... Herself
Tom Florio ... Himself

Jean-Paul Gaultier ... Himself
Nicolas Ghesquiere ... Himself
Tonne Goodman ... Himself
Laurie Jones ... Herself
Karen Katz ... Herself
Alexandra Kour ... Herself

Karl Lagerfeld ... Himself
Philip Lim ... Himself
Luiza Madejak ... Herself
Jim Mate ... Himself
Craig McDean ... Himself

Sienna Miller ... Herself
Sonya Mooney ... Herself
Jessica Nagin ... Herself
Si Newhouse ... Himself
Alberto Orta ... Himself
Sophie Pera ... Herself
Stefano Pilati ... Himself
Phyllis Posnick ... Herself
Candy Pratts ... Herself (as Candy Pratts Price)
Alexander Rankovic ... Himself (as Alex Rankovic)

Coco Rocha ... Herself
Jessica Sailer ... Herself
Elissa Santisi ... Herself

Bee Shaffer ... Herself

Ivan Shaw ... Himself
David Sims ... Himself
Sally Singer ... Herself
Virginia Smith ... Herself
Danko Steiner ... Himself
Burton Tansky ... Himself
Mario Testino ... Himself
Jane Thompson ... Herself
Isabel Toledo ... Herself
Charles Townsend ... Himself
Caroline Trentini ... Herself

Vera Wang ... Herself
Daria Werbowy ... Herself
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff ... Herself

Raquel Zimmerman ... Herself
Robert Richman ... Himself (as Bob Richman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Galliano ... Himself

Hilary Rhoda ... Herself
Charles Wintour ... Himself (archive footage)

Lily Cole ... Herself (uncredited)

Robert Verdi ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
R.J. Cutler 
Produced by
R.J. Cutler .... executive producer
R.J. Cutler .... producer
Robert DeBitetto .... executive producer
Alison Ellwood .... consulting producer
Lyle Gamm .... consulting producer
Eliza Hindmarch .... producer
Mary Lisio .... co-producer
Nathan Rotmensz .... post-production producer
Rob Sharenow .... executive producer (as Robert Sharenow)
Sadia Shepard .... producer
Lauren Sherman Winnick .... line producer (as Lauren Sherman)
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Craig Richey 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
Film Editing by
Azin Samari 
Jessica Schilling (Deleted Scenes)
Production Management
Michael Bernstein .... executive in charge of production
Michael Richard Martin .... production manager (as Mike Martin)
Jorge L. Menna .... production manager: London
Matteo Vallecoccia .... production manager: Rome
Sound Department
Timothy A. Carpenter .... dialogue editor
Timothy A. Carpenter .... sound effects editor
Timothy A. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy A. Carpenter .... supervising sound editor
Mark Hensley .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward L. O'Connor .... sound recordist
Alex U'Ren .... audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Kimmel .... assistant camera
Jenna Rosher .... addititonal camera
Stewart Shields .... additional camera
Joia Speciale .... additional camera
Editorial Department
Brian King .... post-production assistant
Jessica Schilling .... associate editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Alison Litton .... music consultant
Bryon Rickerson .... music editor
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Bug Davidson .... production driver
Other crew
Andrew Kimmel .... production assistant
Kristi Lake .... delivery consultant
Jenny Lee .... title designer
Lindsey Lefkow .... production assistant
Jonna McLaughlin .... production coordinator
Michael Rattet .... production coordinator
Sam Richman .... production assistant
Brian Rothe .... production assistant
Gareth Smith .... title designer
Trevor Smith .... assistant: R.J. Cutler
Trevor Stevenson .... production assistant
Robert Tonkin .... technical consultant
Skye Topic .... assistant: R.J. Cutler
Nathan Wakefield .... production accountant
Timothy C. O'Mara .... special thanks (as Tim O'Mara)

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
USA:90 min | Germany:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Japan:G | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | Taiwan:GP | UK:12 (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45227)

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[first lines]
Anna Wintour:I think what I often see is that people are frightened of fashion and that because it scares them or it makes them feel insecure, they put it down. On the whole, people that say demeaning things about our world, I think that's usually because they feel in some ways excluded or...
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The September Issue, 19 September 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada is rumoured to be inspired by Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Vogue, and it's not hard to see how so. A cup of Starbucks in hand, the bob hairdo, the cutting remarks, people going into a frenzy whenever her name is mentioned, and worse when dazzled by her presence. Even the vogue office does seem quite similar in terms of layout, and the number of assistants constantly scurrying around looking busy and executing to her every instruction.

It's hard not to see why Wintour and Vogue for that matter, became the subjects of a documentary, since both are very powerful in setting the agenda for an entire industry, with what's being said and featured in the magazine, goes. R.J. Cutler's documentary provided that sneak peek into the behind the scenes working of what's to date the largest single issue of the iconic fashion magazine (it's September 2007 issue), where little interesting nuggets of information get dropped around, such as the distinction and importance of the September issue (hence the title) in trend-setting what's hot and what's possibly not, over the next 12 months.

There are always people curious about the glamorous industry, filled with pretty clothes, flamboyant designers, glitzy fashion weeks in trendy capitals of the world, and of course, the beautiful clothes-horse models. It does seem to be this perfect little eco-system filled with perfect people on the surface, though those looking toward this film in digging out some skeletons from the closet will be sorely disappointed. This in part due to the power that Wintour wields, where you see not only new designers in awe, but veterans from the established fashion houses that come with reverence, for possibly fear of offending the almighty, the high priestess or so she's called, in charge of the bible of the industry.

But of course one editor a magazine maketh not. R.J.'s documentary provided a more holistic look at the making of the magazine. And not just any magazine mind you, but THE one brand that has been around for more than a century, and with that comes trust and influence to make or break designers. R.J. was provided unprecedented access into the behind-the- scenes look at the assembling of an issue, and with that comes plenty of photo shoots, jet- setting lifestyles, the pursuit of deadlines, and enough of office politics. The amount of work is just staggering.

However, the filmmaker does seem to fall short in eliciting a lot more from Wintour, aside from talking-heads styled short interviews which became the bookends of the film. In fact, it's more of the Creative Director Grace Coddington's show, where you will probably be won over by her sheer genius and eye for creative art form in directing photo shoots and dreaming up storyboards on the fly for the still pictures to tell a story. I admit I was more impressed with Coddington's story, wry humour and creative style rather than Wntour's cool demeanour, which often sets them up for clashes, for the good of the magazine of course, in constantly raising the bar, though at times it does seem that someone's creative spark do get unappreciated and often doused with cold water. Such is their love-hate professional relationship.

Which primes this film with a "villain" so to speak, but of course the boss always has the final say and calls the shots. We do get to see how both of them rose to power (they started off as models!) through their joining Vogue at the same time, and rise through the ranks based on their respective strengths. Filled with countless of fashion celebrities, clothes, accessories and the occasional cutting remark (I do think Wintour seemed to have held back her tongue a lot more since a camera is constantly in her way), The September Issue is a superb look into the sheer intense and immense talent and hard work that goes into the publication of every issue, and would likely induce you to grab a copy of Vogue right after the show.

I'll never look at this magazine in the same frivolous light ever again, as they are really taken seriously given the money made available and someone's career probably on the line too.

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