Grey Gardens


Grey Gardens

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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.

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  • Mar 05, 2017
    This precursor of modern reality television is cinéma vérité at its best, not just observing or "invading" its subjects' privacy but actually baring naked the insane relationship between these two hilariously eccentric women living together in a decrepit mansion falling apart.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    The two Beales are such sad and eccentric figures that even without much of a plot or a serious examination into their lives the film stays engaging. Seriously, I don't think there have ever been two other people quite like them . . . in fiction or real life.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    I was dying to watch this docu after I watched Drew Barrymore's Grey Gardens last week and this movie is really worth all the effort that I have put to watch it.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2010
    Too eccentric for my taste.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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