In 1973, documentary filmmaking brothers Albert Maysles and David Maysles decide to change the focus of their latest project from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her aunt and older cousin, mother and daughter Edith Bouvier Beale - called Big Edie - and Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, who were found living in squalor and isolation in the longtime family mansion, Grey Gardens, in East Hampton, New York. Through flashbacks starting in 1936, the path mother and daughter take from their socialite past to the time that the Mayles brothers show their completed film is shown. Big Edie's husband/Little Edie's father, Phelan Beale, controlled the family money, which included providing singing lessons to Big Edie with musician Gould Strong, with who she had more than a musical interest. Big Edie saw herself as a singer, first and foremost. Mother and father also controlled Little Edie's life, they who wanted her to stay at Grey Gardens rather than pursue her dream of becoming a professional ...Written by
The Beales' occasional assistant Jerry Torre, whom Little Edie refers to in the documentary as "The Marble Faun" (after the Hawthorne novel), makes a momentary non-speaking appearance at 1:22:31. A curly-headed figure is seen climbing the dimly lit stairs. and on the commentary track director Michael Sucsy can be heard exclaiming, ''Oh! That's Jerry! That's our Marble Faun.'' See more »
I have to say that I was as dubious about this project as anyone Else...
Some one was remaking a documentary as a drama ?!? when the documentary may be the most perfect movie I have ever seen ?!? But in all seriousness this movie takes the subject firmly in hand and KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK !!! ITS Brilliant !!! First off you can tell it was written by a true lover of the original, secondly Drew and Jessica are almost indistinguishable from there real counterparts.
I cant say more with out giving stuff away but this my be the best thing I have seen in years !
As Lil Edie would say ...."Its Absolutely Terrific"
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