That Summer (2018)


Critic Consensus: Although likely most satisfying for Grey Gardens fans, That Summer adds a slight yet entertaining addendum to its classic predecessor.


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Welcome to Grey you've never seen it before. Three years before the Maysles' landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale - the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a daycare dream world on Long Island - renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972. For the first time ever, director Goran Olsson (The black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975) assembles this long-lost footage - featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote - into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots, and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons.

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"That Summer" leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to "Grey Gardens" completists only.

Jul 5, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

No one who loves Grey Gardens can do without this.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

At its best, "That Summer" proves an effective time capsule aimed squarely at Beale devotees, adding light and context to the saga of this endlessly baffling and singularly captivating mother-daughter duo.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only does the film breathe new life into an American family surrounded by tragic mythos, but it sheds light on a cinematic treasure that forever changed documentary filmmaking.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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A prequel of sorts to a key Seventies movie that fills in a little of the back story of a couple of its most notable characters but never quite manages to totally justify its own existence.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sheds further light on the Beales with footage shot before the making of "Grey Gardens."

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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