Monday, March 09, 2009

(New) Grey Gardens

Last night HBO showed the trailer for the upcoming film adaption of the cult classic documentary, Grey Gardens. If you've never seen this documentary, Criterion Collection has put out a great copy of it that I highly recommend. It was released in 1976 and is based on Jacqueline Kennedy's fascinating cousin, Edie Bouvier Beale, aka Little Edie and her mother, Edith, aka Big Edie, that lived together in a disheveled mansion in the Hamptons. Little Edie's bazaar fashion style, namely her head turban, has been copied a million times over since Grey Gardens has been released. Here they both are with the film makers, the Maysles' brothers while filming in the 70's.The DVD has lots of extras that explain the details of their lives that the documentary is not able to cover.

It seems like a special piece that really shouldn't be messed with, but it has already been adapted to a Broadway show. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange are playing the roles of Little and Big Edie in the upcoming film adaption. The 2009 version of the film is set come out next month. I am curious and nervous all in one. Here are some film stills from the famous documentary. Watch the original trailer for the documentary over here.

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4 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous yuri said...

Thank you for plugging the ORIGINAL version, which cannot be topped. Why on earth do people need to remake documentaries, especially ones so beautifully made the Maysles'. I will scream if someone remakes Salesman.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Elka and Peter said...

I am having a hard time seeing Drew pull this role off, even though I love her. I think that I am feeling the same anticipation/nervousness as you are as well!

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Kooky Komments said...

I couldn't make it through GG or Salesman. Too sad maybe?

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous yuri said...

They have quite the opposite effect on me, I find them hopeful and inspiring. I think both films really depict what it means to be human, through characters who embody so many qualities that make being human so sad yet wonderful: grace, brutality, elegance, humor, suffering, loneliness...

 

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