Grey Gardens (1976)
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Albert and David Maysles, pioneers in the cinéma vérité movement of documentary filmmaking, chose for their subjects of this film a mother and daughter with celebrity connections. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edie (or, as they are called by the brothers, Big Edie and Little Edie), are aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the early '70s, their 28-room mansion in Long Island's tony community of East Hampton was found to be a health hazard, and the two women, in their
Jan 1, 1975 Wide
Aug 14, 2001
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Grey Gardens became a cult film in the '70s, when mavericks and outsiders were the heroes and heroines and the Beales were valued for their alternative world and their priceless eccentricity.
There is something unseemly in the choice to document the Beales at all.
[VIDEO] "Grey Gardens" plays like an all too real version of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" It is a backdoor view into of New York's 20th century aristocracy.
A newly struck print of the [Maysles] brothers' 1976 classic Grey Gardens proves that their work is still plenty provocative--and especially so in this era of shallow celebrity docs.
Borderline exploitative. But the stark power of the dual portrait can't be denied.
An editor's exercise: take footage shot 30 years ago for another film, and edit it into a new movie
No film - no Tennessee Williams adaptation, nothing by Guy Maddin or Lynch, no genre-exploding Japanese horror flick - has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core.
The film's real fascination, however, does not come through some morbid freak show angle but in its study of this strangely symbiotic relationship.
At first blush, the film may seem like an invitation to mockery, but the more one uncovers of the vast history of the Beales at Grey Gardens, the more the film becomes a monument to the fiercely independent nature of these two staunch characters.
An endearing and impromptu sociological study
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