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The Beales of Grey Gardens ()


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Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.

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David Maysles ...
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Jerry Torre ...
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Lois Wright ...
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Directed by

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Albert Maysles
David Maysles

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Kim Hendrickson ... producer
Tanja Meding ... producer

Cinematography by

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Albert Maysles

Film Editing by

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Ian Markiewicz

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Caitlin Harris ... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat ... negative preparation (as Noelle Penraat)
Chris Ramey ... on-line editor
Annie Venesky ... assistant editor

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David Maysles ... sound recordist
Anne Pope ... re-recording mixer

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Max Cavanaugh ... special thanks
Michael Chaiken ... special thanks
Molly Fair ... special thanks
Susan Froemke ... special thanks
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders ... special thanks (as Lily Greenfield-Sanders)
Adam Markiewicz ... special thanks
Alison Markiewicz ... special thanks
Muffie Meyer ... special thanks
Jerry Torre ... special thanks (as Gerard Joseph Torre)
Lois Wright ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Beales of Grey Gardens (United States)
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  • 91 min
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Budget $400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Follows Grey Gardens (1975). See more »
Soundtracks You Oughta Be in Pictures See more »
Quotes Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale: I went to Mass up until the time I was 28 years old!
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: That's how she got so fat, not getting up on Sunday to go to Mass.
Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale: Oh! What a whopper!
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: It keeps you very thin!
Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale: I'm not going to church to keep thin! I'm going to go because I love the Lord!
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