Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Movie of the Month - September - Grey Gardens

By Sati. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ,
For this month's I'm choosing one of my favorite movies - very underrated Grey Gardens, HBO film from 2009 starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

Grey Gardens is an HBO film about the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale/"Little Edie", played by Drew Barrymore, and her mother Edith Ewing Bouvier/"Big Edie", played by Jessica Lange. Co-stars include Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jacqueline Kennedy (Little Edie's cousin) and Ken Howard as Phelan Beale. The film, directed by Michael Sucsy and co-written by Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, flashes back and forth between various events and dates ranging from Little Edie as a young d├ębutante in 1936 moving with her mother to their Grey Gardens estate through the filming and premiere of the actual 1975 documentary Grey Gardens.

The film is based on the life stories of the eccentric paternal aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis, both named Edith Bouvier Beale.  The Beale women were members of NYC high society, but in their later years, withdrew from the New York City life, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home/estate Grey Gardens.

Phelan Beale (husband of "Big Edie" and father of "Little Edie"), eventually divorced "Big Edie". "Little Edie" decides to move to New York to pursue a career in acting (as well as an ill-fated romance with a high-profile married man). "Little Edie" sadly and slowly realizes her fate is to remain her mother's companion at Grey Gardens. The two women become reclusive and known around town as the highly eccentric proprietors of Grey Gardens, which has become decrepit and full of stray animals taken in by the Beale women. It includes the filming of the documentary Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles and events in the Beales' past including their arrival at the estate, the disintegration of Big Edie's marriage, Little Edie's failed attempts to have her own life, and events subsequent to the premiere of the documentary.

The film won the 2009 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement Movies, Miniseries, and Specials. It was also nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Lange) and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Howard). It was also nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Made for Television Movie (Barrymore). Lange was nominated in the same category, but lost to Barrymore.

Read the review of the movie HERE.


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9 comments:

  1. Nice feature on a film I haven't even heard of!! Thanks Sati

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    1. You should check it out, it's really amazing!

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  2. Really good movie with really good performances. Have you seen the original Maysles documentary? It is so goddamn good. The final shot in that film is so remarkably telling. Simple, but effective. I'll remember it forever.

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    1. I have yet to watch it, but I definetly will when I have some free time.

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  3. Always wanted to see this. I love Barrymore, she needs to be in good movies again.
    I had a a look at your actual review aswell - great stuff! :D

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    1. Thank you! I think this one is Barrymore's best work.

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  4. This looks very good, and I wanted to see it when it first won some awards. Must check it and the documentary out.

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  5. I had never heard of this until a friend recently recommended it to my daughter and me. It does sound fascinating, and it'll be great to see Jessica Lange again -- it's been a long time. Excellent feature!

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