That Summer: the story behind the 'other' Grey Gardens documentary

In a new film, previously unseen footage of Big and Little Edie reveals an added depth to what was previously explored in the acclaimed Maysles documentary

This summer, the East Hampton mansion Grey Gardens is 121 years old – exactly half the age of America itself. Its 28 rooms have welcomed the titans who’ve shaped the country: coal barons and newspaper titans and, most famously, the wildling relatives of Jackie Kennedy. Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale moved into Grey Gardens in 1924 and stayed there for over five decades. Outside, the United States was upended by massive cultural shifts: the Great Depression catapulting into the second world war; the civil rights protests and Haight-Ashbury fever sweating out its fury into disco decadence. Inside, wayward vines blocked out the sun – really, the world – as Big Edie and Little Edie gathered cats, fed raccoons and curled into themselves, abandoning the
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