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The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 July 2006 (USA)
Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.
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Credited cast:
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Edith Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Albert Maysles ... Himself
David Maysles David Maysles ... Himself
Jerry Torre Jerry Torre ... Himself
Lois Wright Lois Wright ... Herself
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Maysles Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #361. See more »

Quotes

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: For goodness sakes! This is Miss Lois Erdmann Wright. The Psalmist of the Hamptons! The Psalmist of the Hamptons! The PALMist.
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Follows Grey Gardens (1975) See more »

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I Dream Too Much
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Hildegarde
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The Maysles have done it again!
22 January 2007 | by atomic_age57See all my reviews

While watching "The Beales of Grey Gardens" I was simply amazed at the amount of priceless footage that did not make it into the original film! Edie is truly a legend and icon of her time. It is not surprising that her style has been copied by numerous fashion designers; that woman definitely had a sense of style and it seems could make virtually any piece of clothing look good on her. If you are a fan of the original film, the new documentary is a MUST-SEE. Just when you thought you knew the two girls, along comes all the stuff you've never seen before, and you will fall in love with them all over again. The only down side is that at the end you will feel sorry that there will be no more antics of Big and Little Edith Beale to delight you for hours on end, but you be grateful for what we do have, and what these delightful characters provided us with.


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