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.
MATTHEW TINKCOM is Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University, USA. He is the author of Working Like a Homosexual: Camp, Capital, Cinema (2002) and co-editor of Key Frames: Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies (2001). He is currently working on a book about the digital moving image and its relation to online queer discursive communities.
Introduction.- 'We Belong Together': Melodrama as Non-Fiction in Grey Gardens.- 'The Revolutionary Costume': Little Edie and Fashion.- 'If You Can't Get a Man to Propose to You, You Might As Well be Dead!': Direct Cinema and the Problem of Seduction.- Conclusion: 'I'm Pulverized by the Latest Thing': Grey Gardens and its Lives.- Notes.- Credits.