Anna Wintour's secret motive behind The September Issue

02 September 2009


So now we know the real reason behind The September Issue.

It always amazed us that US Vogue editor Anna Wintour gave documentary-maker R.J Cutler an access-all-areas pass at the magazine to make the movie. Especially as the notorious control freak declared, ‘This is very much R.J.’s film. I want to make it very clear that he had complete freedom to put together the movie that he wanted and it’s not in any way Vogue behind him telling him what he can and cannot do,' (although not for lack of trying on Wintour’s part; ‘He showed us the film a little while ago and we made a few suggestions, all of which he ignored.’ - Go RJ!).

Last month, the ice-cool editor appeared on US chat show legend David Letterman’s TV show claiming, ‘What I liked about the movie is that it really showed all the hard work that goes into the making of the magazine' as her reason for commissioning the fly-on-the-wall doc.

But New York Magazine’s movie critic David Edelstein is now telling a different story. He claims Wintour’s real movitation was… to save her job: 'For years it has been rumored that Wintour is on her way out, and The September Issue must have seemed to her a way to cement her celebrity and thereby make her even more difficult to dump.'

He also suggests that the documentary may have been a face-saving exercise after the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada, claiming the cold-hearted character of Miranda Priestly 'inspired by Wintour but as played by Meryl Streep nothing like her — did her more good than harm.'

We think The September Issue might be a master stroke by the wily Wintour. If nothing else, it should frighten off anyone from ever talking to her again, let alone attempting to fire her. Yikes.

Read David Edelstein’s full review of The September Issue from New York Magazine here

And win tickets to a screening of The September Issue + £150 of Oasis vouchers! here


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