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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be yourself. Hard work, dedication, and confidence in your craft can lead to success
Positive Role Models
André is smart, passionate, and dedicated, as well as being creative and developing a strong sense of identity. He shows a love of his craft and a respect for others around him.
Main documentary subject is a Black man. Mention of growing up in the Deep South during the Jim Crow era, and reference to André's experiences of discrimination within the fashion industry. Interviewees talk about how André being in the public eye offered a broader representation of Black people -- particularly Black masculinity -- beyond stereotypes. Reference to growing up with less money, but having a loving, supportive home.
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Violence & Scariness
Passing reference to lynching, the shooting of Martin Luther King, and the death of a grandparent from leukemia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references in passing. Topless models in fashion photos, though their bodies are shot from the side/covered by arms.
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Occasional use of "hell" and "whore." Interviewee talks about some of the discriminatory and racist slurs they received.
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Products & Purchases
Numerous magazines, designers, and brands mentioned, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tom Ford, Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci, Prada, Lois Vuitton, and many more. Baskin-Robbins also referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photos show people smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Cigarette smoked on-screen. Passing mention of crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gospel According To André is a fascinating documentary about influential fashion figure André Leon Talley with smoking, discriminatory slurs, and sex and drug references. The film uses a mixture of archive material and more recent interviews to chart the journey from Talley's childhood in the American South to becoming an editor at Vogue. References are made to the discrimination and violence toward Black people, as well as celebrating Talley's part in offering a wider representation of Black masculinity. Photos are shown with people drinking and smoking, and there is also smoking depicted on-screen. There are also passing references to drugs including heroin and crystal meth. As expected from a documentary about the fashion industry, there are constant reference to brands, magazines, and designers. Some photo shoots show models topless, but any sensitive body parts are always covered. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
André Leon Talley is an ideal figure for a documentary: smart, eloquent, widely accomplished, and undeniably charismatic. His wide impact is reflected in The Gospel According To André with talking heads ranging from Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour to Will.i.Am, Fran Lebowitz, and Whoopi Goldberg. But, while the delve into the fashion world, and the creation of Talley's now infamous persona is fascinating, as well as the exploration of the American South during the Jim Crow era, there's a sense of a lot left unsaid, as though circling the subject rather than delving beneath his characteristic cape.
What is said -- and shown through archival footage -- offers a strong sense of a man described as "larger than life" creating his own space in iconic eras and surrounded by some of the biggest names in the business. This included working at Interview magazine with Andy Warhol, alongside Diana Vreeland at her fashion house, and dancing at the legendary Studio 54. Talley is a name that may be unfamiliar to those outside of the industry, but one whose impact deserves to be more widely known.
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