Reviewing Anna/Meeting Grace
After much talk and speculation, I finally had a chance to see The September Issue last night. Documentaries are a lot like biographies to me...I hardly ever see one I don't like on some level because, inevitably you pick up some new information. I will watch one on any subject just based on the idea that you always learn something new. This film was right up my alley though and in a lot of ways it did not disappoint. I don't know if I learned anything new about Anna Wintour. I already knew that she wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy...that has never bothered me. She's a brilliant woman and the final say in a billion dollar industry. If she isn't giving hugs and kisses every moment, I figure it's just because she's damn busy. I did find her personable in this film...certainly intimidating but not in that silly 'Devil Wears Prada' way. She's not mean and unreasonable...she is just meticulous when it comes to her magazine. I definitely did learn something about Grace Coddington, the Creative Director of American Vogue. She (like Anna) is a former model (see the film just for the gorgeous pictures of her) and someone who is clearly the best in her field. In spite of the fact that they don't always agree, Anna refers to her as a genius and as you watch her vision for fashion and the shoots she oversees unfold, you will see her brilliance.
Even after seeing this 'fly-on-the-wall' doc., I feel much distance from the subject...but it is still a whole sight better than knowing nothing at all. Love to know what you think Ms. M and Laura!
Posted by Katiep at Saturday, September 26, 2009