Grey Gardens

  • Wed Feb 17
Grey Gardens
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hobade, Muffie Meyer

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. “A stark, haunting documentary, which like both Beales has grown more bizarre and commanding with age.” (NY Times) Shown in a new digital restoration and preceded by the short film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens (2014, 19 mins) directed by Ronni Raygun Thomas. “Resting somewhere between art, science, and curiosity are the works of Victorian Taxidermist, Walter Potter. Rather than posing his animals as if they were in nature, he began building his creatures into human situations. This film focuses on five Potter enthusiasts, each with their own thoughts on the importance of Potter, his work, and his legacy.” (Tribeca Film Festival)


DCP color
1 hour 34 minutes
release year/country
1975 USA