Grey Gardens (1975)

I am delighted that Glenda Hemken (78), a friend of mine who also loves the cinema has been motivated enough to contribute to my “old woman in film” blog:

 Grey Gardens 

Rina always knows the old woman films I recommend, but perhaps because this is cinema verité with no plot, she’s yet to see it. (Love Film).

I do wonder why my daughter insisted on me seeing it. Didn’t she know I’d worry that the racoon was doing in the attic eating sliced bread. provided by the eighty old mother or her sixty year old daughter. I’d just notice a tabloid head line ‘Lampard’s uncle and thirteen year old girl”; well it was like that…’ Jaqueline Kennedy’s cousins living in squalor’.

The Director assured us the women loved the film’s depiction of their strange co-dependant relationship, but I felt uncomfortable about intruding on their eccentricities…[madness?] At least the sixty year old with amazing fashion sense got to dance on Broadway as a result her notoriety. I do hope the cats were really all right without litter trays.

Glenda Hemken


About rinaross

Born in 1935. MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Westminster 1998. Studying the representation of older women in film since then.
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1 Response to Grey Gardens (1975)

  1. Elizabeth O'Dell says:

    I’m still giggling about the line about cats and litter trays! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this film, though I’ve read articles and looked at photos often enough to feel that I have-or at least know what’s going on. I believe it’s about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ cousins. Am I right? It must
    be lovely to be well situated enough so that you can live the life you please and always have
    what you need-though I’m wondering what it would be like when the rains and cold weather come.
    Rina, if you have an interest in our seeing ‘Grey Gardens’ together, let me know. Meanwhile, thanks Glenda-I’m sorry we’ve not met yet, as I’ve always appreciated your comments.

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