FILM THEORY AND SURVEYS

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FREE NEWS PROJECTS

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Hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25 in. / 200 pgs / 125 color / 25 bw / Audio CD.

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CATALOG: SPRING 2009 p. 173   

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ISBN 9780977652365 TRADE
LIST PRICE: $45.00 CDN $55.00

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A scrapbook of collaged illustrations, photographs, film stills, production notes and other archival materials documents the decaying mansion that Albert and David Maysles immortalized in their cult classic film "Grey Gardens."

  

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Grey Gardens

Published by Free News Projects
Edited by Sara Maysles, Rebekah Maysles. Introduction by Albert Maysles. Illustrations by Rebekah Maysles, Dan Murphy.

One of the strangest and subtlest films ever made, the Maysles Brothers' 1975 documentary Grey Gardens today boasts as devoted a following as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Harold and Maude. Shot at Grey Gardens, the dilapidated East Hamptons mansion of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Beale, aunt and cousin to Jackie Onassis, this classic of cinema vérité tracks the Beales' eccentric and sequestered lives--which consist mostly of doing nothing, but with a mesmerizing zest and volubility. Little Edie's magical aphorisms ("Raccoons and cats become a little bit boring," she sighs towards the end of the film, "I mean for too long a time…") are gems of unwitting camp, and between her observations, her costumes, the incredibly bizarre mother daughter tensions, the cats, raccoons and the beautiful ruins of Grey Gardens itself, "doing nothing" amounts to everything; indeed, it amounts to a tragicomedy of enormous emotional punch.
This eclectic volume offers a myriad of collaged illustrations, photographs, film stills, production notes and other archival materials alongside transcripts of the Beales' own stories and conversations edited from unreleased Grey Gardens sound recordings. Structured to mirror the Maysles' own approach to the world of the Beales, it closely resembles the enchanting clutter of the mansion, a self-contained world littered with mementos and telling ephemera. It also reproduces unpublished photographs by both Albert and David Maysles. With an introduction by Albert Maysles, drawings and illustrations by Albert's daughter, Rebekah Maysles and an appendix with the full transcript of Grey Gardens, as well as an audio CD of sound recordings capturing the Beales at their best, this book is the essential companion to the film and a beautiful testimony to its legacy. The 60-minute CD that comes with the book contains conversations with the Beales and their friends, songs and poetry recited by the two Edies and audio of the Beales during and after watching the film for the first time.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/7/2015

Albert Maysles: 1926-2015

Albert Maysles: 1926-2015"As a photographer and documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality," legendary cinema verité pioneer Albert Maysles wrote in A Maysles Scrapbook, published by Steidl/Kasher in 2007. "Reality is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences—all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery. The closer I adhere to reality the more honest and authentic my takes. After all, knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and, possibly, to love one another: It’s my way of making the world a better place."
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