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The unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was born an aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, Jackie O's father. "Little Edie" was an aspiring actress of striking beauty who put her New York life on hold to care for her mother--and never left her side again. Together they descended into a strange life of dependence and eccentricity that none had ever shared until the Maysles Brothers arrived with their camera and tape recorder in hand.

Starring:
Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature exempt
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Director Ellen Hovde, Alb, David Maysles, Albert Maysles
Genres Documentary
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 30 April 2007
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Director Ellen Hovde, Alb, David Maysles, Albert Maysles
Genres Documentary
Studio Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Rental release 16 May 2016
Main languages English

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This is a documentary about Edith Bovier Beale and her unmarried daughter, Little Edie (ironically aunt and cousin to Jackie Onassis)living in their gradually decaying home - an old estate in Easthampton, New York. Their house has been condemned by officials in Easthampton, and they live with cats and raccoons, but they don't give a damn about it. They are virtual recluses and fantastic eccentrics living in what many of us would find horrifyingly squalid conditions, yet these conditions merely provide a metaphor for the lost opportunities, and isolation that these women are subjected to as societal outcasts. It is hard to say whether this has happened through choice, but they are without doubt fantastical characters with whom I would have loved to have met.
Much of the film's pathos is magnified by the mother and daughter relationship which is compelling. Whilst we may feel sorry for each at times it is hard to see whether either has chosen their path in life or whether it has been layed out by circumstances. Little Edie, once a very intelligent and stunning young woman feels she has sacrificed her life and potential career as an entertainer, to look after her mother. Big Edie, also once a stunning woman, was disinherited due to her aspirations to become a singer, and after her divorce retreated to her sea-side estate to spend the rest of her days. Both women are extremely co-dependent, but in spite of their inherent needs to look after each other, Little Edie is the most resentful and happily reminds both her mother and the viewer of this. Both dominated by strict, critical male figures in their pasts, now enjoy a sense of freedom and independence in their solitude, even if it comes at the expense of their social inclusion.
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this is a glimpse of both a lost world and a fading one...please, please watch this amazing documentary if you have alighted on this page due to the drew barrymore/jessica lange remake...you will be a better person for it...and no one had a way with a jumper and a brooch like little edie...genius...
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This affectionate, fascinating cult film by the Maysles Brothers, will either win your heart or baffle you. If you tolerate eccentricity and difference, you will love it. If you don't, the chances are it will go straight over your head. Little Edie and her mother Big Edie live on to enchant and touch future generations with this release. I love this film, and these people so much.
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Every year I check for a region 2 DVD of this film, so I'm thrilled it's finally here. You simply have to see this. It's useless me telling how special it just is, you have to see it for yourself.
The film's about an aunt and a niece of Jackie O. The former Mrs. Kennedy and the most glamorous first lady the US has ever had. They used to live a live of luxury and privilege themselves. When the filmcrew meets them they're living in the delapidated estate house Grey Gardens. And as you will see in the film, they have a world view of their own. But strangely enough, living there in a flea infested house, no one to keep them company but the cats, they are happy. In their own little world that is Grey Gardens, they seem perfectly content.
So, more than just a strange documentary, this is a beautiful, loving story of a girl (the daughter never really grew up) and her old mother, spending their days together... but that would be rather boring of course. Big Edie and Little Edie, as they're known, are also good for more than just one laugh!
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If you are even the slightest bit tempted to watch this film then I urge you to buy this DVD - it is one of the most amazing films I've ever seen - Big and Little Edie pop up in my mind on a regular basis - see it before the imminent Hollywood adaptation starring Jessica Lang and Drew Barrymore (shudder).
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This is a beautifully filmed documentary about a mother and daughter. I was keen to see the original film before the Hollywood remake. I thought it was a film of extremeities, the love hate relationship of the mother and daughter, the faded grandeur of the house and the people, who live a fragile existance with an amazing sense of style and beauty - amongst the cat detritis and empty cans of liver pate.
Informative film essay comes with the DVD
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When the money ran out Grey Gardens stuck out like a sore thumb and the house deteriorated behind thickets and vines. The Village of East Hampton wanted the Beales to clean house or move out. The Beales'sons wanted their mother and sister to move somewhere else. However, the Beale women defied all warnings and refused to leave the property under any threats. Jackie O and Lee Radzwill agreed to pay for repairs to bring the home up to code. All the trash was removed from the home, a new roof and ceiling was added, the heating system was restored, the water was running again in all of the bathrooms and sinks, and all the rooms were freshly painted and plastered. The kitchen featured brand new appliances The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.

As witnessed in the Maysles documentary, the house soon reverted back to its former squalor. The making of Grey Gardens actually came about by accident. Impressed with their work, the Maysles were approached by Lee Radziwill and her sister, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, about doing a documentary about their lives growing up in the Bouvier family. Their family, of course, included their eccentric aunt and cousin in East Hampton.However,the Maysles brothers,proponents of `direct cinema', came to realize the charming and eccentric Beales would make better film subjects than Jackie and Lee.'Big Edie' and `Little Edie', mother and daughter,two fading aristocrats,were two recluses,living in a co-dependent relationship.Their relationship is a folie a deux. The two of them equally benefit or don't benefit from their relationship.

They bicker,they argue,they perform(sing or dance),they live in each others memories and reminiscences.They both need each other.
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