Grey Gardens (1975), Maysles Bros., Muffie Meyer & Ellen Hovde, A

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Friday, June 24th, 2005

This is the third time I’ve seen Grey Gardens and each viewing just opens up more questions. What really happened in New York that forced Little Edie back to East Hampton? If Big Edie has such a sharp tongue and is aware enough to give knowing glances to the camera, why does she allow herself to spend her days on a mattress piled neck high with filth dripping a mysterious brown ooze? And what does “The Marble Faun” expect to get from either of them for hanging around the house? Was Tom Logan a previous “Marble Faun?” Could it be that Little Edie has her head screwed on straight after all? And is she a fashion genius as the DVD commentators (and Ann Farrell) would have you believe, or was it just by cosmic coincidence that her upside down skirts and head-towel-shmattes matched at all? I don’t know. We’ll never know. But the film deserves even further study.

3 Comments »

  1. special thanks to wren for waiting to see the film with me. i got a kick out of hearing your reaction to it. i am envious that you can watch it anytime you wish. maybe one day i will own a copy.

    Comment by ann — June 25, 2005 @ 11:39 am

  2. I WAS GLAD I WAITED TOO…..WHAT AN AMAZING “THING” THIS MOVIE IS….OF CORSE I’VE BEEN TRYING TO USE MANY QUOTES IN MY DAILY ROUTINES….(I’VE NEVER TRIED TO WORK “STAUNCH” INTO A CONVERSATION SO MUCH IN MY LIFE!!!!!)….AND THE FASHION SIDE OF ME WAS GIDDY OVER THE FASHION SENSE(???) OF THESE TWO DISTINCT AND STRONG WOMEN…AND THE YELLING THE ARGUING THE FREELY GIVEN WORDS OF WISDOM….IT’S LIKE BABY JANE FOR REAL!!!!! I’M SURE I’LL SPEND MANY A LATE NIGHT POURING OVER MY FAVORITE SCENES AND SUBJECTING ALL MY FRIENDS TO THE SPLENDOR THAT IS “GREY GARDENS”…..
    (AND AS IF THE MOVIE WASN’T ENOUGH LISTENING TO JORDAN ORDER FROM “PITA PAN” WAS A COMEDIC TOUR DE FORCE!!!!! BRAVO!!!!)

    Comment by wren — June 30, 2005 @ 10:25 pm

  3. Calling Pita Pan is simply Pulverizing.

    Comment by Jordan Hoffman — July 1, 2005 @ 7:45 am

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