That Summer ★★★

While the Maysles’ documentary has a certain terseness, the optimistic sensibility of Peter Beard permeates this ambling slice of summer life, showing the Edies as somehow freed by their eccentric station in life, and almost childishly delighted by the presence of their cherished Lee. “Just be natural, that’s the greatest beauty you can have,” says Big Edie, eating ice cream. She’s not wrong.

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