March 16, 2009

Grey Gardens 2.0

Normally I shy away from re-makes of favorites or classic films, as they often pale in comparison. But the new HBO portrayal of the enigmatic Edies of Grey Gardens that airs on April 18th looks haunting and fascinating.

Drew Barrymore's vocal work is shockingly accurate and Jessica Lange is captivating as always. I am now counting down the days until we return to Long Island, and pear into the doors of a dilapidated house.


itsokmydear said...

I know! I totally agree. I was terribly upset when I heard they were remaking it, and worried it would be cheesy/hollywood/disaster and the only ones who liked it would be those who didn't understand the original to begin with. BUT low and behold it actually looks great!


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