Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, October 21, 2007

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(US—2006—a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ian Markiewicz)


Drawn entirely from never-before-seen footage from the Maysles archives which was shot for, but not used in, the 1976 Grey Gardens, the 2006 The Beales of Grey Gardens is a love letter to the many fans of the original film and to the two women at its heart. Without reusing footage from the first film, Albert Maysles and editor Ian Markiewicz have fashioned another compelling look at these women at the same moment in their lives, but built around events and incidents that we weren’t aware of in the first film. The result is not only another fascinating look at the Beales, but a lesson about the impact of choices – both small and large – when directing, shooting and editing a film. Recalling the first film as if in a dream, The Beales of Grey Gardens is a slightly surreal, if not cubist, experience – particularly when seen within a short time after the original. (90 min.)


“Nothing by Tennessee Williams, Guy Maddin or David Lynch has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core.” – Jake Euker,