More To Come........
What an interesting story. I will have to read about this some more to understand how they came to be the way they did, though their relationship seems to be so complex which is not surprising considering how much time they spent together. Intriguing.
Well kenju peaked my interest and you have made it a 'must see' with your great review.
Don't have HBO but have saved it on Netflix. Thank you.
This really is a fascinating story. And I had seen where Jessica Lange and Drew were working together. I had thought then, no matter what, I would like to see it.
I think what's fascinating about these two is that their grasp on reality was so tenuous. They couldn't see, much less fathom, the reality of their changed circumstances, so they manufactured a surreal world in which to live.
You're right about the initial documentary, BTW. It changed that genre forever.
I recently read about this Naomi and thinks its going to be a wonderful remake! I look forward to seeing it.
The performances are wonderful. One has to wonder what happens in someone's life for their life to change so radically. We had a woman up our road who became a recluse, complete with newspapers from floor to ceiling. What happens?
This is overwhelming for me, living far away from where your story takes place, from where the excellent story was performed ----- and showed.
But, I do understand very well what's all about. The "plot", the contrasts, the intelligent "text" and how demanding the play is for the Actors to act "believable".
btw. Have had a disk-crash on my PC.
A new Hard Disk are now installed.
Nothing lost, due to regular back-up's.
Working 12-14 hours a day for the present.Not much time to blogor read and comment.
Besides: Papa is very excited:
Looks like an interesting story....I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Naomi
I had heard it was coming and looked forward to it also. Although I had never seen the documentary, I had read the story and felt the film on HBO was very good, true to the characters and most of what happened. I highly recommend it to anyone and plan to get the documentary from Netflix if they have it.
Thanks for introducing this movie Naomi :) I'm intrigue by your review all the time, all the time ;)
Such a thorough post on the show, Naomi! I knew you would do it justice. I really enjoyed the HBO production and I plan to see the documentary when I can.
I'm very excited to see this movie and already have it set up to record. I love both of these actresses and I agree with you: there will be a wealth of Emmy's and Golden Globes to go around for sure!
I've never even heard of these two women. As always, your gift of writing shines through your review of this... thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this!
I didn't mention in my birthday post that after shopping with my daughter and the three of us going out to eat that we came home and watched "Grey Gardens." We were all fascinated by it and I joked to my daughter, "That's going to be us." I had been reading up on the story since Drew Barrymore started promoting the HBO movie, but I did not know there had been a musical. Thanks so much for the clips. I want to see the original documentary now, but I imagine Netflix is having a run on it, so I will wait for a bit. It really is a classic case of codependency, isn't it?
Look forward to the HBO production DVD as I've been looking forward to seeing it since I first heard about the production. Glad to read your take on it and appreciate your tying it together with the Broadway show. I remember when the news first emerged and all the media coverage about these women. I don't recall seeing the documentary but may do so.
I had not heard of this story until I saw Drew and Jessica hanging onto each other at the Oscars, it looks truly fasinating. I am hoping it will air here at some point, off to do some reading on it now.
I will email you tomorrow for a catch up I have been very remiss !!
So often these remakes or sequels to the original, memorable "epics" are a sad disappointment. Now I am sorry that I don't have HBO to see this new memorable version.
I am so interested in the genealogy of this family -- there were even more eccentrics in it, and Black Jack himself (Big Edie's eldest brother and Jacqueline Kennedy's father) was a VERY colorful figure. Some people blamed the French blood in their ancestry.
This story fascinates me. I hope my video store has the documentary. I find it a little odd that they would so openly participate in showing off their strange life and suspect they liked the/any attention. One eccentric is one thing, but a mother and daughter eccentric team is story telling worthy for sure. I love Jessica Lange and am happy the movie makers have allowed Drew to show what she can do.
Hello Naomi! Just playing hooky and visiting my old blogroll which maybe I can do once a week or every few weeks .. I hope!
I have always been fascinated with the Bouviers/Kennedys! You summed up Grey Gardens very well and i'm sure have piqued the interest of many of your readers!
I SOOOO want to see this but we don't get HBO. I'll be first in line for the DVD. Loved the documentary and the Broadway musical which I saw. Christine Ebersole was amazing. Even my 14-year-old daughter knows the entire score! I think Little Edie would be absolutely thrilled by all the attention. And you're right--it would also make a great opera!
I'm so glad you wrote about this! I just recorded this movie on my DVR, and I plan to watch it tonight.
I'm excited to see it! How neat that you wrote this review and I read it on the same day that I was planning to see the movie.
We must be tele-communicating somehow.
Great review. I have not seen but the first half, but this weekend I will watch it in its entirety. Or perhaps I'll save it for one morning next week when Ethan's at school and my husband is at work. That way I can give it my undivided attention.
The documentary is available on youtube. You can watch all of it, but it's in many parts.
I watched the movie a few nights ago. I had never heard of them before. It was quite an interesting story. But, I just can't imagine what caused them to live like they did.
This sounds extremely interesting Naomi!! Thanks for the review!
I'm so glad you pointed me in this direction or I would have missed it. I found it very intriguing especially as I have a memory of seeing a documentary about two women - years ago on Britisn TV but in my memory the house was in the deep south. I think that is my unreliable geography and the cats and the racoons certainly ring a bell.
If the songs are anything to go by they have done a great creative job. The song 'Around the world is quite hauntingly beautiful with such tragic undertones. What a voice. Thank you for that.
Great review. A moment that stood out to me was when Jacqueline Kennedy offers help- and big Edie says she can't ask for help. And J.K. says- but you're not asking I'm offering.
I wonder how many people would love to help- but don't want to hurt someone's pride- when an offer would be accepted to someone who has fallen on hard circumstances.
Naomi, this looks like an interesting story and I am looking forward to see it.
Thanks for this interesting review.
Wow...this sounds fascinating and I can't believe I've never heard of these two women.
Will have to check it out on Netflix.
Thanks for sharing about it.
Have seen the docu; without knowing a lot about me I will only say that it all fely very comfortable to me and not at all strange or odd in anyway.
I loved this movie!! I hit every emotion possible while watching it. I completely fell in love with these two women. I have no idea what motivated them, kept them going, etc., but I couldn't help but love two people so eccentric and so full of true joy! And the ending with Little Edie was amazing. I kept hoping for real live footage of the last scene. I need to get my hands on the documentary because I would love to see the actual women that the movie is based on.
I remember crying the first time I saw the documentary.
The relationship between mother and daughter was so strained --one lived in the past, the other lived in the past reluctantly, wanted desperately to get out, but felt the bond to her mother much stronger than her own free will.
I will never forget where she says she'll never get out until her mother dies. It was very sad, and of course, it was true. But in so many ways, for whatever reasons, both Edie and her other were unprepared to take on the world.
I have a good friend, very much like both big and little Edie. In fact, if you go to my website, you'll see a fundraiser for her on my sidebar.
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