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The real thing was shocking in 1975. This type of invasive documentary had never been done before. It might be less revelatory now with the advent of reality TV and the proliferation of cameras into places where they are not welcome.
Very fun movie to watch! I loved every bit of it. Seemed very authentic.
This movie was just awful it was just 94 minutes of boring,and confusing nonsense ugly if only this movie was washed away from existence.
Grey Gardens: This iconic 1975 documentary is a glimpse inside the bizarre world of socialites-turned-eccentric recluses, Edith and Little Edie Beale, the aunt and first cousin of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The glaring portrait of their life, in their rundown, flea, cat and raccoon-infested, 28-room East Hampton estate, is grotesque and tragic, although filmmakers David and Albert Maysles never pandor or make fun of the mentally ill duo, who gleefully perform for the camera, reminiscing about their glory days. The film ranks as one of the most powerful documentaries of its time, a precursor to our society's current obsession with reality television. B+
This precursor of modern reality television is cinéma vérité at its best, not just observing or "invading" its subjects' privacy but actually baring naked the insane relationship between these two hilariously eccentric women living together in a decrepit mansion falling apart.
7.5/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2O2
Truly bizarre... a bit like a car wreck you can't turn your eyes away from
Pretty unique documentary of mother & daughter living together for 25 years, sharing their memories of fallen dreams and desire. They are crazy? Sure, but they are crazy with style, trapped inside a mansion of falling monuments.
A cult documentary sensation in the 70s bringing to light the decaying existence and bohemian fashion expression of the aunt and the first cousin of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the titular mansion is merely a slapdash amalgamation of America's wackiest home videos.
There is a five minute segment some might enjoy within these ninety boring minutes.