Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration VI: Meet Marlon Brando, The Beales of Grey Gardens
(Our 6th annual weekend-long meditation on the legacy of Albert and David Maysles' seminal Cinéma vérité documentary Grey Gardens. Staunch VI's theme is "performance" and takes a look at some of the most incredible hams from Little and Big Edie to Brando to ever grace a Maysles Brothers production.)
Saturday, June 14th, 7:30pm
Meet Marlon Brando
Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1965, 29 min.
Call it verité performance: Brando is caught in a Method conundrum expected to play "movie star," he wants to live in the moment. To help his moribund film Morituri (1965), Brando agreed to participate in a marathon, day-long series of filmed interviews with reporters from local TV stations across the country. This mind-boggling event took place at the Hampshire Hotel in New York and was captured on film by the Maysles. The end result is Meet Marlon Brando, one of the star's least-known films where Brando is himself as master of the put-down and prince of biting sarcasm.
The Beales of Grey Gardens
Albert Maysles & David Maysles, 2006, 91 min.
The 1976 cinema vérité classic Grey Gardens, which captured in remarkable close-up the lives of the eccentric East Hampton recluses Big and Little Edie Beale, has spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical, to a Hollywood adaptation. The filmmakers then went back to their vaults of footage to create part two, The Beales of Grey Gardens, a tribute both to these indomitable women and to the original landmark documentary's legions of fans, who have made them American counter culture icons.
Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027