USA | 94 min.
• New restored transfer licenced from Maysles Films
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Original theatrical and TV trailers
• ALBERT MAYSLES ON GREY GARDENS – An exclusive new interview filmed in 2006 [32 minutes]
• JERRY’s CAB – Albert finds ‘the Marble Faun’ driving a New York taxi, 2005 [10 minutes]
• PAST AND PRESENT – Albert and ‘the Marble Faun’ revisit Grey Gardens, 2005 [10 minutes]
• 40-PAGE BOOKLET containing rare vintage photography and an expanded essay by Jonathan B. Vogels
• RSDL DVD9 optimum image quality
the Maysles, 1976
From the filmmakers behind Salesman (1969) and The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter (1970), the Maysles brothers present another of their “non-fiction features”, this time an impossibly intimate, absorbing insight into the lives of two eccentric and reclusive women: Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie. As aunt and cousin to Jackie Onassis, “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” live together as high-society dropouts in a squalid mansion in wealthy East Hampton. What was once a grand summer residence has been reduced to a fortress of fleas, feral cats, and filth, the gardens long gone to seed and Big Edie and Little Edie confined to just a few of the twenty-eight rooms.
Together they invent a world with their house as a stage where life’s disappointments and pleasures are recycled into riveting performances, perfomances which have gone on to earn Little Edie’s reputation as a fashion genius and philosopher queen.
This true cult classic – which has inspired a current Broadway show, a centre page fashion spread in both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and a Hollywood “remake” – prompted the intervention of Jackie O. to save the couple from a hazardous health eviction order and any further “embarrassment” for the family. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Grey Gardens on DVD for the first time in the UK.
by Jonathan B. Vogels, 2007