Friday, March 06, 2015

Albert Maysles, 'Grey Gardens' Documentarian, Is Dead at 88

Gays are flying their Speedos at half-staff today. With the exception of "Mommie Dearest," I don't think there was ever a film that hit my camp bone so hard, even if in the Beales' case it wasn't exactly intentional.
Albert Maysles, the Emmy Award-winning documentarian who, with his brother, David, made intensely talked-about films including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter” with their American version of cinéma vérité, died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. 
[C}oncerns were expressed about “Grey Gardens” (1975), a double portrait of Edith Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale, both cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived in squalor and with some obvious mental confusion in what had once been a grand East Hampton house. But the film captured and held the public’s attention for decades.
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