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Grey Gardens (1975) is one of most important documentary films of the past thirty years, gaining the status of a cult classic. Matthew Tinkcom argues that the film reshaped documentary cinema by moving the non-fiction camera to the heart of the household, a private space into which film-makers had seldom previously ventured.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by British Film Institute
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The BFI: Grey Gardens (2011) edition written by Matthew Tinkcom was insightful in providing the context in which the film was made. There are three sections that follow the Introduction: 1. 'We Belong Together': Melodrama as Non-Fiction in Grey Gardens, 2. 'The Revolutionary Costume': Little Eddie and Fashion, and 3. 'If you can't get a man to propose to you, you might as well be dead!': Direct Cinema and the Problem of Seduction. This is followed by the Conclusion: 'I'm pulverized by this lates ...more