Grey Gardens documentary (1975)
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  • It was depressing viewing, and the only thing I can say is that if you are disappointed with your life, this documentary will make you feel better because it shows the situation of women who are no doubt more pitiful than you


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      Grey Gardens, a documentary filmed in 1975, is made up of interviews with two women- “Little Edie,” who is in her 50s, and “Big Edie” her mother, who is elderly. These women were relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and were very rich and beautiful when they were young. However, as they got older, they lived in isolation in a huge mansion filled with cats.

      The mansion was so dirty and decrepit that the board of Health ordered


      them to clean up or be evicted. When the conditions of Onassis’ relatives came to light in the 1970s, it was a huge scandal.

      In the documentary, two filmmakers simply visited the two women in their home and videotaped what they saw. They document the filthy conditions and the insanity and co dependence of the two women.

      It is a close up profile of a completely dysfunctional relationship. The two women bicker, argue, and insult one ...


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        We hear the decrepit old woman sing off key and watch her daughter dance around. The two women did not seem to realize they were being exploited.

        I felt very strongly that the whole sad situation of these two obviously mentally ill women was being exploited for entertainment value. It was obvious that the documentary was only made to mock them.

        It seemed wrong. The story was sad, because we kept seeing photographs of

        the women when they were young and beautiful and hearing stories about their lives when they were in highly viewed social circles.

        We see how they ruined each others’ lives and how sad their current state is. It was depressing viewing, and the only thing I can say is that if you are disappointed with your life, this documentary will make you feel better because it shows the situation of women who are no doubt more pitiful than you.




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