Thursday, August 6, 2009

Grey Gardens

I finally got around to watching Grey Gardens the other night, and I must say it is definitely a film you don't want to miss. After the movie was over, I sat there dumbfounded over these two women! I couldn't stop pondering the twisted relationship between Big Edie and Little Edie and how they allowed themselves to live in such an isolated, unrealistic and captive world! I think the film really hit home when I saw excerpts from the original documentary filmed in the 1970s - these women were real and they really did live a life of captivity in utter squalor.

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore were absolutely fabulous and embraced Big and Little Edie to a "T." I now want to rent the original documentary to compare the two films and to witness the real Edie Beales!

Now, of course I fell in love with the house, Grey Gardens. One of the producers of the film explained that the film had three main characters, Big Edie, Little Edie, and then the house itself. I couldn't agree more. The house was designed by Arts and Crafts architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897 and, I read that Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post editor, purchased the house in 1979 and had the house and gardens restored to its former state. I would just love to pull up in that driveway every day!

P.S. You'll love Little Edie's outfits as well!

Next movie I am hoping to see this weekend, "Julie and Julia" - I just can't wait!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Grey Gardens is an option on my plane ride home and I am planning to watch it first! :) Glad to know it's worthwhile. Can't wait to hear how Julie and Julia is...I'm DYING to see it as soon as I get back!