Monday, April 22, 2024

Tribeca Film Festival Will Open with Fawning, Tedious Film about Anna Wintour and Met Ball


Why do the Taliban hate us? Isis? Isil? Al Qaeda? The answers will be found in the Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night film, “First Monday in May.” (This has nothing to do with “First Monday in October,” an old play that starred Jill Clayburgh as the first female Supreme Court justice.)

No, this is all about Anna Wintour and her annual pageant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Celebrities comes in outrageous designer dresses, and there’s a lot of fawning. Kardashians are allowed in proper company. And so on.

Haven’t there been enough documentaries about Vogue magazine? Didn’t “The September Issue” fill this need? Alas, that movie showed Grace Coddington– recently ousted from Vogue–as a sympathetic survivor to the Wintour regime. Now, in “First Monday in May,” Wintour wears sunglasses at indoor meetings and makes snarky comments about her guests. Wait– wasn’t that “The Devil Wears Prada”? And where is the upbraiding after Wintour’s mugging in “Zoolander 2,” a flop that she featured so prominently on Vogue’s cover this month?

Anyway, Tribeca is as far away as it could be from the Met and the Costume Ball. I wish the opening night film had less to do with a party than with independent filmmaking. And really, the sunglasses are getting old at this point.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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