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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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‘Sight & Sound’ releases 50 greatest documentary films list
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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:
Tea for TwoSee more »

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What happened after Grey Gardens was filmed?
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Great documentary, 12 December 2005
Author: didier-20 from london

This is why i so love this website ! I saw this film in the 1980's on British television. Over the years it is one i have wished i knew more about as it has stayed with me as one of the single most extraordinary things i have ever seen in my life. With barely a few key words to remember it by, i traced the film here, and much information, including the fact it's about to become an off-Broadway musical !

Interestingly, unlike the previous comment maker, i do not remember finding this film sad, or exploitative. On the contrary, the extraordinary relationship between the mother and daughter stuck in the mind as a testimony of great strength, honour and dignity. Ironic you may think, considering the squalor of their lives. Maybe it's because i live in Britain, where fading grandeur has an established language in the lives of old money, where squalor is often tolerated as evidence of good breeding; I saw it as a rare and unique portrayal of enormous spirit, deep and profound humour, whose utterly fragile and delicately balanced fabric gave it poise and respect. In a way i was sorry to see it being discussed as a 'cult'. Over the years, as it faded in my mind, it shone the brightest, above all others as a one off brilliant & outstanding televisual experience. It was such a deeply private expose, it seems odd to think of it becoming so public as to be a New York musical. But perhaps somewhere, the daughter will be amused by such an outcome. It is she who will have the last laugh maybe..(They made a musical out of her before you Jackie O' )

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