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Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive upper class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but was not entered into the main competition.

Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer also directed, and Susan Froemke was the associate producer. Although Susan Froemke is often credited as being one of the editors (and was featured for this in Vanity Fair magazine) she did not take any part in the original editing of the film. The film was edited by Ellen Hovde (editor of Gimme Shelter and Salesman) and Muffie Meyer.

In 2010 the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Grey Gardens the joint ninth best documentary film of all time.

8:00PM – Film begins

This 1975 cult-classic documentary has been digitally remastered and is being shown as a precursor to our tribute to the film’s director, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, which will take place at the IRIS event on July 16 at Marble House. More details for the IRIS screening here:


Get your “Grey Gardens” on!

Tie a head scarf, wave a flag & wear pantyhose over your pants. Because when else will you get the chance?

(costumes optional)

Get inspiration on this GREY GARDENS Pinterest board:

Run time: 100 minutes
Directors: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Producers: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Portrait Films, Inc
Cast: Big Edie (Edith Bouvier Beale), Little Edie (Edith Beale)
Grey Gardens (digitally remastered)
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An astonishing study of two women who have retreated from the world into a time warp of their own.” - NEWSWEEK, A fiercely intimate portrait….Richly human and very moving.”

The New York Daily News

It’s an experience you feel in your gut. I wept. I was touched.”


The film, is by any standards, extraordinary: it is probably one of the most complete descriptions of a relationship ever seen on film, undoubtedly one of the oddest, and certainly one of the most beautiful.”