The beauty of this film is the dignity it imparts to the Beales, trapped in their pasts. They failed to launch, yet paradoxically, they continue to fly so high.
— Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
This film is a part of our For the Record series.
Director: Albert and David Maysles
Set in the crumbling East Hampton mansion of Big and Little Edie Beale, the estranged high-society cousins of Jackie Onassis, Grey Gardens is the ultimate documentary cult classic, beloved for its unruly protagonists, innovative approach to direct cinema and bold outsider fashions (which have inspired runway shows, magazine spreads, and a generation of drag performers). Intimately engaged with the once-glamorous Beales who eagerly perform for the visiting filmmakers, Grey Gardens is also a provocative examination of how the presence of a camera transforms the behavior of its subjects.