123. Grey Gardens

Welcome to Grey Gardens, the home of Edith Beale and her daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt and cousin respectively. At one time it was a beautiful mansion with expansive gardens and a wealthy family. But by the mid 70s, the house is crumbling and its recluse inhabitants are just this side of crazy. That’s the Grey Gardens presented in Albert and David Maysles’ cult documentary. “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” are entertaining enough on their own to carry an entire film, especially the daughter’s strange lectures on fashion and the bitter sing-offs between the two women. However, there’s more to the documentary than kooky characters; there’s an almost intrusive intimacy and a poignancy that comes through without the filmmakers pointing it out. The Beales are a train wreck, and GREY GARDENS insists you stop and take a closer look.

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