Mother and daughter - Big Edie and Little Edie Beale - live with six cats in a crumbling house in East Hampton. Little Edie, in her 50s, who wears scarves and bright colors, sings, mugs for the camera, and talks to Al and David Maysles, the filmmakers. Big Edie, in her 70s, recites poetry, comments on her daughter's behavior, and sings "If I Loved You" in fine voice. She talks in short sentences; her daughter in volumes. The film is episodic: friends visit, there's a small fire in the house, Little Edie goes to the shore and swims. She talks about the Catholic Church. She's ashamed that local authorities raided the house because of all the cats. She values being different. Written by
21 July 2006 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
Early in the film there is a conversation between Little Edie and the Maysles brothers in which they speculate on who might play the two Edies in a dramatized movie version of their lives. Little Edie says she doesn't want any actress to play her. Off screen, one of the Maysles brothers suggests Ethel Barrymore
for the role of Big Edie. Ethel Barrymore was the great-aunt of actress 'Drew Barrymore', who ultimately played Little Edie in the 2009 dramatized movie Grey Gardens
(2009). See more
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
...But ever since then, I've had this desire, you know, to find someone that I like. I mean, not just one, but two. Now, I'm not talking about the group travel they do nowadays in the space age. You know, my aunt, she's a widow, and she went with seven other widows. Now, I don't mean that kind of stuff. I mean really to have fun! You know. Not with one, but with two! And I don't mean women either!
If I Loved You
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Published by Williamson Music Co.
Performed by Edith Bouvier Beale See more