Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

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Director: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer

Cast: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer

     
 

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Filmmaker brothers David Maysles and Al Maysles bring their unique vision to Grey Gardens. Criterion has done a fine job on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer, which sports decent colors and a minimal amount of dirt and grain. While this could have been a sharper transfer, overall, this is very nice-looking for its age (well over 25 years old). The audio isSee more details below

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Filmmaker brothers David Maysles and Al Maysles bring their unique vision to Grey Gardens. Criterion has done a fine job on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer, which sports decent colors and a minimal amount of dirt and grain. While this could have been a sharper transfer, overall, this is very nice-looking for its age (well over 25 years old). The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 and supports the film well. While this mix is very flat and uninteresting, it works fine within the confines of the film. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Criterion has done a nice job at throwing on a few extra features starting with a commentary by Al Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, and Susan Froemke. This is a very insightful commentary with all of the participants reciting stories and facts about the production of the film. Also included on this disc is a strange 1969 interview with "Little" Edie Beale, fascinating interviews with Todd Oldham and John Bartlett, theatrical trailers for the film, and some short filmographies on the crew.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Although Salesman (their breakthrough film) and Gimme Shelter (their most accessible film) are better known in the canon of Maysles brothers' movies, arguably their most moving film is this portrait of two aging women stuck in time and locked in a mother-daughter relationship for the ages. Edith Beale and Edie Beale are related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which presumably brought them to the attention of the Maysles when the women were almost evicted from their rundown mansion on Long Island. But the Kennedy connection is really only incidental; this could be any mother and daughter whose past lives of wealth and privilege are all they have to go on in their respective old and middle age. The third character here is their house, slowly succumbing to age and neglect, but, especially for Big Edie, the supreme symbol of her once glorious past. The film is both heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny. Little Edie (as the filmmakers call her) loves confiding to the camera, and her sense of fashion (which runs to interesting head wraps and inverted skirts) and her way with words make her an endlessly entertaining subject, even as you sense the desperation beneath her dancing and singing routines and her whispered monologues. The film's most common image -- of Little Edie confiding to the Maysles that she has to get out of Grey Gardens while her mother calls her from another room to come and help her -- goes beyond even the specificity of wealth gone to ruin. What middle-aged offspring of an aging and needy parent hasn't experienced the same tug of emotions?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0037429159125
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
6,279

Special Features

New digital transfer, with an RSDL dual-layer edition for optimal image quality; audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer, and associate producer Susan Froemke; excerpts from a 1976 audio interview with Little Edie Beale by Kathryn G. Graham for Interview magazine; video interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens; hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs; trailers; filmographies

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "The cat got out!" [:10]
2. "The Best costume for today" [:05]
3. Mother and Daughter [2:48]
4. The Libra Man [3:05]
5. Photo Album [3:18]
6. "Tea For Two" [2:16]
7. "Try Really Try" [4:21]
8. A Staunch Character [6:03]
9. Young Edie [6:03]
10. The Marching Song [1:41]
11. "The Night And The Music" [5:35]
12. The Marble Faun [6:46]
13. Raccoons [5:21]
14. A Strict Hand [4:27]
15. "I'll Take A Dog Any Day" [3:15]
16. True Talents [2:35]
17. Birthday Party [3:13]
18. Mother's Little Girl [4:09]
19. Performance [6:20]
20. "Don't Throw Bouquets at Me" [1:53]
21. Jerry's Moving In [1:48]
22. The Pink Room [3:43]
23. "It's My Mother's House" [2:17]
24. End Credits [8:04]
25. Color Bars [4:10]
0. Index

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