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Grey Gardens

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once an aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens.
Title: Grey Gardens
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Chicago, Ill.] : Home Vision Entertainment, [2001], c1976
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Janus Films, a Maysles Films Inc. production ; producers, David Maysles, Albert Maysles ; directors, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke
Notes: DVD release of the 1976 motion picture
Some containers show running time as 94 min
Special features: New transfer; audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, and associate producer Susan Froemke; excerpts from recorded interview with Little Edie Beale by Kathryn G. Graham for Interview magazine (1976); video interviews with fashion designers Todd Olham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens; hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs; trailers; filmographies
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once an aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens.
ISBN: 0780024303
1559409770
Branch Call Number: DVD 920.72 GREY
Credits: Directors of photography, Albert Maysles, David Maysles ; editors, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Foemke.
Performers: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edie Beale.
Physical Form Available: Also issued on VHS
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital mono. 1.33:1
Other Language: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Beale, Edith Bouvier, -1977 Beale, Edie, 1917-2002? Mothers and daughters New York (State) East Hampton Biography Recluses New York (State) East Hampton Biography
Genre/Form: Feature films
Biographical films
Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Recluses
Publisher No: GRE300 Home Vision Entertainment
CC1668D Criterion
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One of the top cult films on fall time, Grey Gardens is the story of Big and Little Edie Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who live in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. Heartbreaking, oddly beautiful and utterly fascinating.


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Mar 31, 2014
  • rainbow2222 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this DVD, and I never get tired of the two Edies either. I just read "My Life at Grey Gardens" by Lois Wright, who lived with them during the 1970's. In her book, they even had MORE cats, because they never fixed them, and they kept having kittens. It's a fascinating story, particularly since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was Big Edie's niece, and still involved their lives, (although not intimately).

Sep 26, 2013
  • gribbles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't know exactly what to make of the Edies when I saw Grey Gardens for the first time, I found them sort of repulsive but couldn't stop watching. They have grown on me, and I find them completely mesmerizing. I can watch this over and over and over, never gets old.

Sep 03, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings on whether to feel bad for these lonely reclusive women or not. At times, their spirits were high, reminiscing of happier days long gone by. But they were on an emotional rollercoaster, suddenly yelling, or crying out of the blue. Daughter appeared far more mentally unstable than mother. I can't believe they had no shame in having their squalid homestead filmed. Eight cats (some defecating); fleas; filth. Just oblivious. What did they think they were being filmed for? And *were* they really broke, or... maybe miserly? Where did they get the money to feed their raccoon roommates Wonder bread and cat chow? Or how 'bout property taxes on BEACHFRONT REAL ESTATE in the Hamptons?!? How come 'Little Edie' didn't have a job? She didn't have a care about bills whatsoever; sunbathing and a leisurely swim daily... I'm not qualified to judge anybody, so, aside from those comments, I'm glad they had each other, and their animals, (however dangerously unsanitary), to brighten their lives.

Jun 19, 2013
  • jmartin204 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is an outstanding documentary on two extraordinarily eccentric & tenacious women whose love & dedication to each other is touching. Despite their financial downfall they exhibit a grace & courage that is inspiring & beautiful to watch. Superb job by the Maysles whose love & respect for these women is evident.

Apr 02, 2013
  • randpog rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I watched with fascination. They were in a world of their own. They often seemed content but we can see how difficult their lives must have been. I would like to know how they eventually ended up (prior to passing if that has happend for the daughter)

Feb 15, 2013
  • HellbillyHillhound rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like this. There is a part 2. "The Beales of Grey Gardens" These 2 movies aren't for most. It's a train wreck, hard to watch, even harder to turn away. Big and Little Edie Beale are good people. They mean well. Their communication is often hard to watch and digest. That's what makes it so appealing. I recommend them both, but be forewarned. You might have to take breaks.

Oct 14, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the documentary NOT the film of the same name which attempts to fill in the backstory of this the documentary. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange do NOT appear in this nearly hypnotic documentary.

Feb 09, 2012
  • creyola rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with Little and Big Edie after watching this documentary. It's heartbreaking to watch how these women live and see what they were reduced to, but also to witness their fierce support of each other along with their strange relationship together. I can see why this garnered a cult following of sorts. The Maysles did an excellent job!

I'm confused by people calling this a documentary. It's cast with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange who take only a skerrick of the Beales' very sad real life and turn it into a movie. The ladies are very well cast - at last a movie where Drew actually acts more than a goofball. However it doesn't give any glimpse into the reasons why the mother & daughter retreated from the outside world into their private hell. If it wasn't for the Jackie O connection this story would never have been filmed. Worth it if you're in a serious mood. I just felt sad and empty when it finished - what a waste of two people's lives.

February 2011 bookclub watched dvd

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Sep 03, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: "...It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present... Do you know what I mean...?"

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