Thursday, May 7, 2009

Grey Gardens

It is a real treat when a story as fascinating as Grey Gardens is told with such authenticity as it is told in the HBO film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. It is based on the true story of Jackie O.'s aunt and cousin and their demise and refusal to leave their beloved Grey Gardens estate in East Hampton.

I watched it with my friend, Nate who showed me some clips from the documentary about Grey Gardens beforehand and I highly recommend you-tubing this before watching the film so you can fully appreciate the unbelievable performances by Barrymore and Lange. Sure, we knew Jessica Lange had the chops, but it really is Drew that blew me away. She nails the role and exceeded any expectations I had.

See, see, SEE this film! It is a haunting yet endearing story. It's all in the film :)

PS- I've now decided to exclaim, "It looks like Grey Gardens in here!" whenever I see a messy room...including my own.



From the perspective of having not only the original documentary to go by, but also having known "little" Edie personally, I can say that
the HBO film, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang is certainly a perfect tribute to both the original documentary and these two wonderful woman.
I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn't from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens, more than 30 years ago. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video
If you're anywhere near the Philadelphia area, The Philadelphia Theatre company will be presenting Grey Gardens The Musical between May 22nd and June 28th. Check it out here: GREY GARDENS PHILLY

Bungi said...

Haven't watched it yet, but i have great regard for HBO originals. Really love Gia and Wit. Perhaps, this will get on the list after i watch it.