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The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)

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For their classic, 1976 documentary Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles shot hours-upon-hours of footage exploring the lives of their subjects Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie (who were affectionately referred to by their brothers as Big Edie and Little Edie), whose quiet lives on the grounds of a dilapidated estate stood in remarkable contrast to their quick with and extravagant upbringing. Though the brothers were unable to use a vast majority of the fascinating footage in the ninety-four minute film, this companion piece comprised of never-before-seen outtakes culled from the original shooting sessions allows Grey Gardens fans to take a trip back to that familiar, dilapidated mansion to hear both Big Edie and Little Edie discuss everything from love and war to the existence of God. A nostalgic montage of Little Edie offers a warm testament to the eccentric daughter's inimitable fashion sense.

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Critic Reviews for The Beales of Grey Gardens

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Little Edie models her strange getups, studies an astrology paperback through a magnifying glass, holds forth on the horrors of alcohol and the strength of her Catholic faith, and delivers numerous spontaneous singing performances.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A bit like wandering into a slice of life that suddenly turns into a Tennessee Williams play, with upper-class Eastern accents replacing the Southern ones.

January 4, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It lacks the first movie's cohesiveness, but Grey Gardens was never a model of structure; it was more a reality show before its time, and The Beales of Grey Gardens brings us closer to the mysteries at its heart.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Catnip for the Beale cult, the film supplements but nowhere surpasses the funky charm and moldy glamour of the original.

August 15, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Deserves a thoughtful look-and a lively argument.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Fans of the first film will want to see this extension, though it stands equally well on its own as a portrait of thwarted, headstrong women trapped in a degraded present and borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Full Review… | August 15, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Beales of Grey Gardens

½

Probably could have left it alone after the first one, but still interesting and worth the watch.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

An extra look at the lives of two outrageous individuals, with footage worthy of being in the original piece, but superb as it is in clips.

Matt Mintage
Matt Mintage
½

Never been much of one for once-rich and privileged, now-poor and self- obsessed white folks endlessly rambling over past glories and flirting like school girls. i must have no heart.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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