Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Grey Gardens: The Best Costume for the Day


























I love the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, about the unforgettable mother and daughter duo, Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, relatives of Jackie O.

For those not familiar, Big and Little Edie had been cast aside from their wealthy socialite family and once their trust fund money ran out, they were left to survive in absolute squalor in what was once a giant, beautiful 28-room mansion in New York's wealthy East Hamptons. With the house literally in shambles, the women virtually lived without any standard plumbing, heat, or electricity, and various animals (dozens of cats, raccoons, etc.) treated the dilapidated home as their own private bathroom.

Eventually, the county declared the home unfit for human habitation, and the Edies were told to shape up or ship out, literally. When the story became public, Jackie O and her husband, Aristotle Onassis, ponied up the cash to ensure that Grey Gardens met the county's standards. In 1975, documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles took on the daunting task of filming these eccentric women, who never left the house, and the result is cult classic history.

I can't really explain Grey Gardens to someone who hasn't seen it. You really have to see it to believe it. These two women fight constantly, yet love each other dearly. They're both hilarious and sad, and the movie has a plethora of quotable lines. It was even adapted into a Broadway musical a few years ago. It's a beloved film that will continue to be popular, regardless of its age.

This is why I was highly skeptical and extra nervous when I found out that HBO was doing their own take on the story of the Edies, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Yes, the same Drew Barrymore from every lame romantic comedy ever, except for the ones with Reese Witherspoon. However, I got the chance to watch the film this weekend and it was much better than I expected. It's not simply a remake of the documentary (which would have been completely pointless and borderline insulting), but it follows the Edies throughout four decades of their strange lives. Jessica Lange is spot-on as Big Edie, and Drew Barrymore held her own as well. It's tough to nail Little Edie's unique "accent" without it coming off as a cheap parody, but Drew did her justice. While nothing will be as touching, bizarre, and fun as the original, the HBO version sheds new insight into the lives of Big and Little Edie, and as a fan of the documentary, I enjoyed it.

Do yourself a favor and watch the original, and then the HBO versions of these films. You won't regret it. I've also posted a classic clip of Little Edie discussing one of her famous daily "costumes," and the trailer for the HBO film.

xoxo,
Lex




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