The Beales of Grey Gardens
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The Beales of Grey Gardens
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Catnip for the Beale cult, the film supplements but nowhere surpasses the funky charm and moldy glamour of the original."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Deserves a thoughtful look-and a lively argument."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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