Grey Gardens

If you have watched the IFC mockumentary series, Documentary Now!, so far, you may have spotted the references and which well-known films of the past the show spoofs.

Ex-Saturday Night Live alumni, pop culture enthusiasts and cinephiles, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader created this series, often parodying specific celebrated documentaries and other times doing something completely original. Preferably if you have already seen the said films, DN! will be a funnier experience for you and its comedy will work in so many more levels.

The source material for DN!'s debut episode, Sandy Passage, is the 1975 film, Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles, which follows Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, mother and daughter former upper class socialites, related (as aunt and first cousin) to Jackie O. Filmed in direct cinema, the two women serve as the narrators of their own story, living in a decaying state at the Grey Gardens estate, completely isolated among raccoons, cats and fleas, with no running water.

Grey Gardens is considered by the US Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and to be among the greatest documentaries of all time in general. You can watch it in its 100-minute entirety right below.

In case you watched and didn't find funny that episode of Documentary Now! without being aware of its source material, try again...

The story of the two Ediths was also adapted in an HBO television film in 2009, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.


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