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The Gospel According To André

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fashion docu has references to discrimination, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2018 93 minutes
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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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