"When are you gonna learn, Edie? You're in this world, you know. You're not out of the world." If Beckett had ever written an American melodrama it might have been something like the absurdist autumnal stasis of 'Grey Gardens'. Sometimes the two Edies could be cruel to one another, but mostly they had fun passing the time, assembling Little Edie's revolutionary costumes, and I did too, though moments dragged.
Little and big Edie Beale live in a dilapidated old house, infested with raccoons and other animals. Once high society participants, this is where they have now found themselves, free from society but still trapped in their own world. These are eccentric characters, and we are brought into their lives as they live them: carefree and unknowing of any social standards. It’s a fascinating watch.
a strange, sad, funny documentary. they said they didn't feel exploited, but i almost felt like my reaction was like i was doing it to them. the documentary was cyclical. they were stuck in this house, they had the same arguments; it was a sick fascination about white ennui and crumbling wealth. i really enjoyed it, though, and cried. and little edie became iconic, obviously.
Maysles are great film makers, but there are more interesting people than this in my neighborhood. I think that if they weren't relatives of Jackie Onassis, they would not be "cult figures". The cats and raccoons are cute, but I have plenty of those in my neighborhood as well.