Immediately after a 1971 National Enquirer article revealed that a cousin and an aunt of Jackie Kennedy's were living in near-poverty in a dilapidated Hamptons mansion, the American public became curious about the two reclusive socialites named “Big” and “Little” Edie Beale. This documentary by Albert and David Maysles indeed captures an estate—Grey Gardens—that’s just as messy as reported. But more important, the film shows a mother-daughter relationship so intimate that the surroundings hardly matter. Both Edies are quirky and outspoken—nostalgic for the past, yet optimistic about their future together.

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Director
Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer
Released
1976
Country
USA
Running Time
94 minutes
Format
DCP, Color
Website
http://janusfilms.com/greygardens/