to let someone in wholesale

Asub

Member
Italian
Hi,
is there anyone who could help me to grasp the meaning of this sentence?

The Beales let the Maysles in wholesale.

The Maysles are 2 film directors who made a documentary about the Beales, 2 crazy aristocratic women who lived for ages in an old and run-down mansion (the title of the movie is "Grey Gardens").
Now, what I was thinking is that to let sb in wholesale here could mean that the 2 women have entrusted the directors with their story so that they could make a movie about it. Am I right?

Thanks
 
  • TimLA

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Hi,

    You're right, but "wholesale" in this case gives emphasis to the fact that the Beales let the Maysles into their lives "completely" "without limitation" "into every facet of their lives".
     

    Asub

    Member
    Italian
    Thank you, Tim.
    Now it's very clear to me.
    Then, maybe I could translate it with: "Le Beales si sono aperte completamente ai due registi..."
     
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