Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens


I was planning to stitch Little Edie and Big Edie for Mothers Day (anti-Mothers Day?), but the death Albert Maysles last Friday brought this project to the front of mind.

When I first saw Grey Gardens, I didn’t consider the impact it had on the world of film, bringing legitimacy to the documentary that reality television is now slowly breaking down. I only felt the tragedy of Little Edie Beale. It is overwhelming and all encompassing. Still, she somehow manages to be fabulous, insightful , funny and obliviously insulated amid cat feces, crumbling walls, and bed-ridden Big Eadie.

According to Huffington Post, a restored Grey Gardens is being re-released on the big screen, starting in New York. I’m not sure I need to see a “restored” version. Is that like seeing Ben Stiller’s face in HD? Every pore, every vein, covered in pancake make-up, magnified to cartoonish and horrific effect? I’ll be watching for it at my local theatre, nonetheless. You should, too.



  1. This is awesome! I’m so glad you reminded me of the original “Grey Gardens” before the new movie comes out… It’s a long time since I saw it, but I remember being utterly won over by the two Edies. Oh, and Mother’s day is this coming Sunday in Ireland and the UK, so your timing is actually perfect!

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