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Blu-ray Review: Spend New Year’s with the Beales of ‘Grey Gardens’

Do you think Albert and David Maysles knew they were creating not just a documentary but launching cultural icons when they filmed the mesmerizing “Grey Gardens,” now available in a Criterion Blu-ray edition? The film about “Little Edie” and “Big Edie,” relatives of American royalty in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, became a cult phenomenon, inspiring a follow-up (which is included in this release), an award-winning fictionalized version of their story with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, and even a full-length musical.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What is it about the Beales that fascinates us? It is a special kind of crazy that can be embraced this thoroughly and Little Edie & Big Edie were certainly unique characters, two self-obsessed socialites living in a dilapidated mansion in the Hamptons. Their lives, as brilliantly captured in “Grey Gardens” seemed so unique and so perfectly Hollywood and yet tragic at the same time. The genius of the Maysles was not to intrude,

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