Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

DVD - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; New York City : Distributed by Janus Films, c2006, c1975
Edition: Full screen ed
ISBN: 9781559409773
1559409770
Branch Call Number: DVDN 920.02 B365G 1975
DVDN 920.02 B365G 1975
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. ; + guide

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AL_ALISON May 25, 2017

One of the greatest documentaries ever made hands down. This watershed film has influenced so many of the docs we see today. Still one of the most compelling stories. The directors Albert and David Maysles brothers follow two eccentric women, once wealthy and influential, who live in a run-down mansion in East Hampton, New York.

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jsinaz
May 20, 2017

Absolutely mesmerizing documentary of the Beales: 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale, and daughter, 'Little Edie,' who happen to be related to Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy/Onassis). I felt somewhat like a voyeur watching these two pathetic women who shut themselves off from their previous lives of wealth and entitlement to live in squalor in their mansion called Grey Gardens. Their eccentricities are documented openly, but I wonder how much was mugging for the cameras or performance art, especially by Little Edie. Still, quite a documentary. If you are interested in this, and want a dramatized look at the two women, catch the HBO film of the same title: Grey Gardens, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. It is on DVD and is available at PCPL. It is quite good, describing the back story of these two ladies.

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KlügerKater
Apr 09, 2017

Grey Gardens is a striking documentary, which not only reveals the darker side of life in the American Aristocracy, but too unravels the complex issues of mental health before it became mainstream in popular series such as those showcasing the horrors of unchecked hoarding and similar diseases. This documentary at times can be very hard to watch, given the unfiltered look at two women (mother and daughter), who have lived isolated in their mansion in the Hamptons for many years with very little outside human contact. Nevertheless, this documentary is a must watch, and is very eye-opening, especially in regards to the early days of mental health and psychology. (For an added Bonus: Check out the series "Documentary Now" for an hilarious spoof of "Grey Gardens".)

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ANTHONYZEDAN
Feb 22, 2017

An important documentary for any gay man's repertoire- two matriarchs of the Kennedy clan , a mother and daughter, living in the fading glory of the past in a decrepit East Hampton mansion with raccoons and a family of cats. Something touching and so real about this documentary, the sacrifices children make to take care of the elderly/aging parents, the way in which we lie to ourselves and others.

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bobbles1
Apr 16, 2016

Gosh, I thought these two ladies would be eccentric in a good way, perhaps an artistic and creative way....... Not so, eccentric for sure but so self-absorbed one bores and tires of them very quickly..... tiresome ++

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Nursebob
Jan 29, 2016

If the idea of being locked in a room with a pair of crazy old cat ladies with high shrill voices who pop in and out of clothes, ramble out non-sequiturs ad nauseam, and yell at each other while their pets pee on the carpet appeals to you then you're sure to enjoy "Grey Gardens". Or maybe you just like poking at roadkill. Otherwise run away.

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Bibliocommunard
Mar 16, 2015

Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale trapped in a terrible and heartbreaking folie à deux. Make sure you watch this one before you see the 2009 fictionalization, which SFPL also owns.

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new_orleansguy
Feb 03, 2015

This is one of the best documentaries ***ever*** made. That these two women lived their lives in the way they wanted and despite setbacks and poverty, and remained saner than you or me, is a tribute to just how remarquable they are. They were not mentally ill, as a previous poster mentionned, having horribly misunderstood the way in which they lived their lives. They made choices and lived with them, not attempting to place blame on others for whatever befell them, as is the norm these days. That they chose to live the way they did and that they were sufficient for one another speaks of the power of the family unit as well. I for one salute these pioneer women, who chose a grand life, instead of what society at the times would strap them into forcibly... Forget idiotic gas bags like Gloria Steinhem and all those supposed "feminists"... Big Eddie and her daughter were the first to say "have your cake and eat it too and throw away the paper plates after"... Awesome, just awesome !!!

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cannoli
Jan 31, 2015

What a disappointment! This movie is voyeuristic, exploitive, and aimless. At best, the two women are mentally ill; at worst, they are irresponsible and self-indulgent. Don't waste your time on this freak show. Oddly enough, it is pretty dull, too.

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Tiffanyjohnson
Nov 10, 2014

Really one of my favorite films of all time. It stays with you long after you watch it. They are both such strong characters. You will never forget them, and it is all the more touching because they are real - and closely related to Jackie O. The directors of this documentary also did Gimme Shelter.

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Monolith
Sep 03, 2013

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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