Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Grey Gardens...American royalty

"As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality." - Albert Maysles

Reality is certainly what the audience received in 1976 when filmmakers Albert and David Maysles arrived at the decaying 28-room masion in East Hampton, known as Grey Gardens, to film the true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The Maylses' story takes you inside the sad and eccentric lives of these two intriguing women, fringe aristocrats, who exist in a world of their own within the confines of their estate. The mother, a born aristocrat, known as Big Edie, was the sister of Jackie O's father. Little Edie was an aspiring actress, living in New York, who put her own life on hold to care for her mother, and never left.

The conditions they lived in were enough to make national headlines. Once, authories threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes.

The two paint a sad and bittersweet picture of eccentricity, dependence, dreams forever gone, romance left unfulfilled and the strange and captivating relationship between mother and daughter.

For more information on this and other films by Albert and David Maysles, visit http://mayslesfilms.com/.

2 Comments:

Blogger Don said...

Thanks for this, Ann. Very nice post!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Ann Luongo said...

Thanks, Don. Glad you like it.

2:42 PM  

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