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Event Pick: Grey Gardens

September 21, 2010 by in Journalism, Philadelphia Weekly

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Philadelphia Weekly, September 21, 2010

Dust off your headscarves, practice your flag dance and remember to feed the raccoons—the Edies are back. American aristocrats and Kennedy cousins, the kooky mother-daughter duo of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale became camp idols with the 1975 release of Grey Gardens, the spooky, sad documentary of their lives in flea-infested East Hampton squalor. Now the cult classic about the craziest of the cat ladies gets a fresh projection as part of the Clay Studio’s Old City Film Series. As these high-society dropouts squabble, rot and dream of cabaret stardom, they expose the moth-eaten underbelly of old money affluence. But Little Edie, prancing around in upside-down skirts and bathing-suit-and-pantyhose ensembles, is unquestionably fabulous—a completely cuckoo fashion plate.  -Lauren Smith

Thursday, Sept., 23. Dusk. Free. Flagpole Park, 139 N. Second St. 215.925.3453theclaystudio.org

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