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Grey Gardens -- Meet Big and Little Edie Beale--high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.--thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles's 1976 Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.
Grey Gardens -- An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
Grey Gardens -- A touching documentary portrait of the Beales -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' eccentric aunt and cousin

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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Utterly remarkable See more (55 total) »

Cast

 

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Herself

Edith Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Brooks Hyers ... Himself - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ... Himself (voice)
Jack Helmuth ... Himself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Albert Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
David Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
Jerry Torre ... Himself - Handyman (uncredited)
Lois Wright ... Herself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Ellen Hovde 
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Produced by
Susan Froemke .... associate producer
Albert Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
David Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
 
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
 
Film Editing by
Susan Froemke 
Ellen Hovde 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound mixer
 
Editorial Department
Morris Schlein .... negative timer
 
Thanks
Marianne Barcellona .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Peter Beard .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Harry Benson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Alan Bomser .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Cynthia Castleman .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Pamela Degnan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Kathryn Demby .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Holly Gill .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Bernard Gotfryd .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
John Jourdan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Dorothy King .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Donald Klocek .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Akiva Kohane .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Sarah Legon .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Vince Lombardo .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help (as Vincent Lombardo)
Noëlle Penraat .... thanks (as Noelle Penraat)
Vincent Stenerson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Lois Wright .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Photo Magnetic Studios  sound mixer (as Photo-Mag)
  • EFX  color negative
  • Movielab  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help (as Charlie-Projecctionist, Movielab)
  • TVC Laboratories  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Trans/Audio  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Robert Frost Estate, The  for: permission to include lines from THE ROAD NOT TAKEN as spoken.
  • Holt, Rinehart and Winston  copyright: From "The Road Not Taken" from THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST edited by Edward Connery Lathem. 1916, (C) 1969 by

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Trivia:
Drew Barrymore played Little Edie in the TV movie Grey Gardens (2009) (TV) but, ironically, in the original Grey Gardens (1975), David Maysles asked Little Edie who she would like to portray Big Edie if a movie based on Grey Gardens were made, suggesting Ethel Barrymore (Drew's great-aunt), despite the fact that Ethel Barrymore had been dead since 1959.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale:What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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Soundtrack:
Night and DaySee more »

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What happened after Grey Gardens was filmed?
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Utterly remarkable, 6 November 2003
Author: Kieran Kenney from California

I found Grey Garden's to be a gripping film, an amazingly intimate

look at too eccentrics who basically have the right idea: forget

society and live in a delapidated house with no heating and a huge

brood of cats and raccoons, persuing their own interests rather

mundainly, all the while chattering at the camera.

Big Edie and Little Edie are the two crazies that the Mazles Bros.

have chosen to document. They seem like characters out of a

Fellini film, only stranger, if that makes any sense. Old Edie is

almost fully bedridden, a pile of papers, clothes and dirty dishes

growing around her. Little Edie is even more interesting. She

prances around the house, always wearing a baboushka-like

headdress around her head, completely covering her hair. We

never see her hair throughout the film, nor do we ever get a hint

that she still has much. At age fifty eight, though, she is still

beautiful and full of life.

In Grey Gardens, we get the sense that both of these women's

lives have become much less than what they once were. Little

Edie is probably the sadder of the two. While her mother, in her

earlier years, got married, made a family, lived luxuriously and

even made some recordings (the scene where, at 77, she sings

along with a recording of "Tea for Two" she made decades ago is

one of the films best scenes), Edie left her promicing career as a

model to take care of her ailing mother. At 58, she still longed to

find her prince charming. If anything Little Edie is still a little girl,

full of dreams of glamour and fame, and of domestic and romantic

bliss, that have yet to be fulfilled.

Highlights of the film include the opening moments, where Little

Edie explains her outfit to the camera, the "tea for two" sequence,

the birthday party, the climactic argument, the grocery deliver

scene, and the scene in the attic. The whole thing is incredibly

candid and unpretencious. And it's made all the more remarcable

since it's all real.

I suggest seeing Grey Gardens back-to-back with the Kenneth

Anger short Puce Moment. The Criterion DVD is $35.00, but it's

worth every penny.

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