The film isn’t just a social and political landmark, but a technical and aesthetic one as well.
The Maysles and the Beales are culpable in giving the film its goon-show edge, which undoubtedly accounts for its pull on some audiences.
More than the revolutionary costume of the day, the intimacy and personal interactions of Grey Gardens changed the course of documentary filmmaking.
Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a complex place.
“I think it’s very easy for us to look down on James Whale from our 21st-century perches.”