The Gospel According to André ★★½

A pleasant, serviceable biodoc about a fascinating figure: André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large at Vogue and a larger-than-life character in the world of international fashion. Unexceptional, modestly glowing portraiture, with a few vital insights (e.g., the formative role of African-American "church hat culture" on Talley's tastes) and genuinely moving moments (e.g., Talley, after carefully avoiding the topic for most of the film, tearfully discussing the racist and homophobic prejudice he has endured during his career).

Director Kate Novac loses the thread in the final 20 minutes or so, when 'Gospel' becomes kind of shapeless and meandering. Given that the film is already hagiographic, I wish she had spent more time illustrating Talley's apparently staggering knowledge, incisiveness, and erudition about fashion and a hundred other cultural topics. His mind is kind of astonishing, if the onscreen evidence is any indication, but a deeper dive into Talley's peculiar genius is neglected in favor of the conventional "career retrospective with celebrity testimonials" template. Otherwise, this is good stuff -- particularly if, like me, you had never heard of this remarkable man.