October 8th, 2009

The Grey Gardens' Ladies: один раз в год сады цветут

Если бы Большая и Маленькая Эди не были родственницами Жаклин Кеннеди, судьба двух затворниц из усадьбы "Серые Сады" (Grey Gardens), возможно, никому не была бы интересна. Они были именно тем, кем были: аристократками Нового Света, членами высшего нью-йоркского общества, щедро одаренными красотой, талантами, деньгами. И ушли из этого общества, чтобы за 25 лет забвения и одиночества создать свой причудливый мир из фантазий и сожалений.

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Эдит "Большая Эди" Бувье Бил /Edith "Big Edie” Bouvier Beale (слева) и Эдит "Маленькая Эди" Бувье Бил / Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale (справа)

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Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale

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Серые сады / Grey Gardens (1975)

Серые сады / Grey Gardens (1975)
Документальный фильм
Режиссер: Альберт Мэйселс, Дэвид Мэйселс
В ролях: Эдит "Большая Эди" Бувье Бил, Эдит "Маленькая Эди" Бувье Бил
С субтитрами на английском языке



"Oh, it's a sea of leaves. If you lose something you can't find it again. It drops to the bottom…"

Arguably the most complex and controversial work in the storied career of cinema verite pioneers Albert and David Maysles is this intimate study of Edith Bouvier and “Little” Edie Beale, two relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis secluded in a dilapidated estate in the Hamptons. Detractors may cite it as a watershed in unleashing the documentary medium’s most exploitive tendencies, and draw a damning line connecting this “reality” expose of the sordid lives of two pseudo-celebrities to its legions of modern television progeny. However, one attribute that sets the film miles apart from its successors is its non-linear, fugue-like narrative structure, in which time seems to stand still and the same day seems to be lived over and over with slight variations, emblematizing the experiences of both mother and daughter. The film is a masterpiece of editing, weaving over a hundred hours of footage to create a world that is hermetically sealed while containing dozens of fragmented moments reflecting two lifetimes of recycled memories and shattered dreams. The surreal outcome – perhaps inevitable given the subjects’ remove from reality – further conflates the film’s status as both documentary and fiction. The Maysles’ draw attention to their own active role as documentarians (as well as instigators) of the daily drama being played out between Big and Little Edie, while fulfilling Edie’s long-deferred dream of stardom. Their self-reflexive veracity only raises further questions about the methodology of this documentary, as well as that of all others.

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The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)
Документальный фильм
Режиссер: Альберт Мэйселс, Дэвид Мэйселс
В ролях: Эдит "Большая Эди" Бувье Бил, Эдит "Маленькая Эди" Бувье Бил
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The 1975 cinema vérité classic Grey Gardens, which captured in remarkable close-up the lives of the eccentric recluses and cousins to Jackie Onassis, Big and Little Edie Beale, in their decrepit East Hampton mansion, has spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical remake an upcoming Hollywood adaptation. Now, Albert and David Maysles have revisited their landmark documentary with a sequel of sorts, culled from hours of never-before-seen footage recently found in the filmmakers’ vaults.



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