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"That Summer" leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to "Grey Gardens" completists only.
At its best, "That Summer" proves an effective time capsule aimed squarely at Beale devotees, adding light and context to the saga of this endlessly baffling and singularly captivating mother-daughter duo.
Not only does the film breathe new life into an American family surrounded by tragic mythos, but it sheds light on a cinematic treasure that forever changed documentary filmmaking.
A prequel of sorts to a key Seventies movie that fills in a little of the back story of a couple of its most notable characters but never quite manages to totally justify its own existence.
Sheds further light on the Beales with footage shot before the making of "Grey Gardens."
This footage is more incidental, less mysterious and revelatory than in Grey Gardens. But, still, it's more of the Edies, which makes it priceless.
With an eye on challenging or differently interpreting a modern American legend, That Summer could have been superlative. Instead, it just feels superfluous.
Those who can't get enough of the Beales are likely to feel as if they've discovered a long-lost family photo album.
Proving that there is never too much of a good thing, director Göran Olsson, creates the perfect prequel to Grey Gardens with this documentary.
Whether you'll find this utterly fascinating or a glorified DVD extra depends entirely on just how obsessed with Grey Gardens you are.
An odds-and-sods compilation that's even heavier on the squalor porn, That Summer is primarily for Grey Gardens completists...
The footage is interesting on its own, sure, but a lot of the impact is lost if you don't know the story behind it.
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