The Gospel According to Andre

This portrait of fashion journalist André Leon Talley reminded me of the 2017 documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (whose subject, shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, puts in an appearance here) in the way its subject strives to be invulnerable. Eschewing romance, Talley pours himself into his work, which spans more than four decades and included a groundbreaking tenure at Vogue in the 1980s and ’90s. Through archival footage and interviews with other fashion maestros (Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour), director Kate Novack traces Talley’s life from his childhood in the Jim Crow south to the halcyon days of high fashion in pre-millennial Paris and New York to the presidential election of 2016, which serves as an awkward framing device for Talley to ruminate on the casual racism he’s endured. At 68, he’s as erudite and vivacious as ever; Novack follows his lead, but at a polite distance.