Friday, November 02, 2007

Grey Gardens (David and Albert Maysles, 1975)

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USA

The Maysles were playing right into the Commies' hands with this portrait of the Edith Bouvier Beales - Jackie Kennedy's maladjusted aunt and cousin. You want to watch Western values and capitalism festering and decomposing? Behold. Try and look away.

1 Comments:

At 4:01 AM , Blogger Paul Martin said...

I recently bought the DVD for this (on special at Readings in Carlton) and found it compelling stuff. The DVD extras were also fascinating as they give a postscript of what happened after then documentary came out. Some people claimed the Maysles exploited the women, but they revelled in their celebrity. All in all, I found it quite a sad film, an candid look into mental illness.

 

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