Grey Gardens: A Photographic Tour
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I just finished watching the new HBO feature film Grey Gardens, based on the acclaimed 1975 documentary by the Maysles brothers. Both tell the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little Edie," Manhatten socialites and kin to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The mother and daughter end up living in squalor in an East Hampton mansion overrun by cats and raccoons. Honestly, the transformation of their estate is shocking. The new HBO movie stars Jessica Lange as Edith and Drew Barrymore (displaying surprising acting chops) as Little Edie. The visuals of the documentary are more haunting than the HBO film, though it's well shot. Take a look at the images below from both the doc and the feature film. The stand-alone images are so interesting because each of them captures the spirit of glamour, even those depicting their fall from high-society, surrounded by a house and environs in total decay.
Photo by Joan Marcus
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