Grey Gardens (HD documentary, 1975)

Grey Gardens (HD documentary, 1975)

A 1975 documentary film in HD, directed by brothers Albert (November 26, 1926 – March 5, 2015) and David Maysles (January 10, 1931 – January 3, 1987).

This documentary depicts an odd couple, mother and daughter Bouvier, in their everyday life in the dilapidated Gray Gardens villa in the upper-class area of East Hampton on Long Island. Mother Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier (October 5, 1895 – February 5, 1977) was the aunt of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Daughter Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale (November 7, 1917 – January 14, 2002) was Jacqueline’s cousin.

In this documentary, the mother is almost eighty years old and the daughter is fifty-six. They have lived together in the old family villa since 1952 when Little Edie moved home after several hectic years in New York. Both are very eccentric and have a background as less successful semi-professional singers. They seem to live in isolation in a romantic dream world where they leave the villa with its 28 rooms to decay. As they let cats and raccoons invade the house, feces and household garbage accumulate in every corner, the stair railings break, windows crack, the roof begins to leak, and the garden grows again.

In front of the camera, Little Edie dances, sings and talks, and Big Edie, who mostly lies in bed, talks about family relationships, fashion, class society, and aging. Mother and daughter sing old songs together, they chop mouths, chat and even talk to the viewers (ie with the film team). The two women never excuse their way of being – they are who they are.

50 Comments

  1. Fran Rowe on July 6, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    I was told to watch this as the mother was a narcissist????

  2. fatald_23 on July 6, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Seems like young Jerry must have lifted little Edie skirt up a time or two, it was definitely sexual tension between the two, why would young Jerry stay around so much and he was so comfortable that he once laid across her bed, she was also being quite seductive prancing around the house in heels and short skirts, I believe it happened and young Jerry didn’t want anything more, which is why she talked down on him in that way, you can’t blame young Jerry even at 60 lil Edie was quite pleasing to look at, especially with her admirable fashion sense with the attire she adorned, the little prick (Jerry) got lucky lol..💯😂😂

  3. Erth on July 6, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    9:39 The monotony of “domestickity”…🤣

  4. BeautifulX on July 6, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    The mother is sweet but a narcissist. Poor Eddie had some many regrets.

  5. Alexander Marquis on July 6, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Very enjoyable, thank you. The rawness was perfect.

  6. MadeleineQ on July 6, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    1:08:15 just the chaos of this moment

  7. Silverfish on July 6, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Best documentary ever made

  8. naoki on July 6, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I wonder if straight people know that a new generation of gay people were introduced to this masterpiece by a Drag Queen who impersonated Little Edie.

  9. whodat on July 6, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t like the big woman. So mean to Drew Barrymore

  10. Gabs on July 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Oh nooo. The cat pee smell in there must be next level. :/

  11. Eddie Lensweiger on July 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    lol she really looks like Drew Barrymore! wow

  12. SHELLBACKS CLUB 🐢 on July 6, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    that house has got to be haunted by these two yentas!

  13. Isabella M on July 6, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    What psych diagnosis’s does everyone think Little Eddie had?

  14. Destiny on July 6, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    is anyone else here because of a little mockumentary called documentary now? with bill hader ? cuz i was expecting a murder scene and was let down.

  15. Densmorde on July 6, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I used to wear white before labour day (like a sucker) before this.

  16. Blow on July 6, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I know that many of you watching this is thinking about Boris Becker, but it simply isn’t the same. These women come from classy stock and their heads remain held high.

  17. IAM MISANTHROPE on July 6, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Everyone is the same behind closed doors.

  18. Omen Nemo on July 6, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Little Edie finally became an independent woman. She left that house and lived in New York where she became an entertainer. Better late than never.

  19. Gail Gail Gail on July 6, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Edie’s mom was SOOOO selfish! Edie could have been a countess and her mom said "I would have been alone" so she stayed with her mom. Her mom CONSTANTLY yelling for her and ALWAYS talking over her abd putting her down. I think her mom was jealous of Edie and her potential. Her mom is a BITCH! Edie was so special to go thru all that

  20. Shelby Lynn Schlund on July 6, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    My favorite movie

  21. Rachel Slocombe on July 6, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I think they drove each other round the bend, very sad, both totally self absorbed.

  22. veronica Pichardo on July 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Jinkx brought me here

  23. Frank Comma to be on July 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Watching this for class… boooo! Dumb film. Black pilled me on US Culture again

  24. Dom Paul on July 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I love this, I love them! And the cans of cat food were way bigger back then 👀

  25. louis skulnik on July 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Is there a documentary about the Beales and this doc? I would love to see that and learn more about their history.

  26. Katie Matson on July 6, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    imagine having epstein and all the greatest electricians in your address book

  27. klike5357 on July 6, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I wonder if the cat urine and smell made them go a little crazy. So interesting though. I def enjoyed.

  28. Bread summiko on July 6, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Here bc the Batman art book!

  29. Marble on July 6, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I found this as an example of mother – daughter enmeshment on the internet…

  30. Eduardo Pardo on July 6, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Subtitles would be great

  31. louis skulnik on July 6, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    This is me in 30 years, only alone and in a much worse house.

  32. BeautifulX on July 6, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Omg the cats relieving its self on the bed and the mother says she loves it😱

  33. I AM Wabi Sabi on July 6, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Are these woman still alive?

  34. Ben Stimpson on July 6, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I love how many people are in these comments because of Jinkx Monsoon 😛

  35. Abandonedbeauty 111 on July 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    1:23:23 Gilmore Girls anyone??

  36. JENNINGS FAMILY VLOGS on July 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Took me to watch this twice in 2 nights to realise just how cleverly controlling the mother is 1 of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched but at the same time so sad but the daughter lil edie is so beautiful I think it’s her being so unique is what attracts me it’s called realism.

  37. lillo80 on July 6, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    They were Jackie Kennedy aunt e cousin…incredible

  38. AquaStar on July 6, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    At 21:37 Big Edie really gets into that song 😜

  39. Carolann Posey on July 6, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Did anybody notice the pants Little Edie wore as a skirt in the beginning?! Love it.

  40. Lin G. on July 6, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Very interesting. Singing, dancing, disheveled/odd clothing, filthy living conditions, and they seem just fine with the way things are! Funny how Little Edith always wore that brooch.

  41. Lisa Corbett on July 6, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I did not know this was on here and I am so happy right now! I just love this! It is so fascinating!

  42. Kerry Takashi on July 6, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    I love Little Edie, she is just herself and that is all.

  43. Omen Nemo on July 6, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    This is my second time watching this video. Each time I see something new. The mother didn’t want to be alone so she did everything she could to keep LIttle Edie with her. When I hear the mother telling her daughter she can’t sing or dance or silencing her daughter when she speaks her truths. The old lady doesn’t want to face truth. She is the reason why Little Edie didn’t live her dream. Her mother was there to discourage her. when she tried to become independent. All because Big Edie didn’t want to live alone.

  44. Cookie Fanz 87 on July 6, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    "After you hear that, you realise nothing is important"

  45. David Moss on July 6, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Lovely American speaking voices I must declare !

  46. JENNINGS FAMILY VLOGS on July 6, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Please also watch the "That Summer" also starring the same mother and daughter

  47. celeste garcia on July 6, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    5:18 “food is going up” 😀

  48. MadeleineQ on July 6, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    1:11:06 I’ve got Epstein’s address

  49. MadeleineQ on July 6, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    This is a prime example of a narcissistic mother. She emotionally abuses her daughter to keep her around as a source of supply.

  50. Rand Zopyr on July 6, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    I can see why people say mental illness was a concern, but it’s more a combination of personality disorder with the mother and the daughter simply being a product of her upbringing.

    I guess this was escapism at it’s best before the internet and constant on-demand television. It’s as if neither of them are willing to accept the passage of time. Little Edie clearly fancies the young guy you see throughout the film, and I’m not sure she realizes how much of an age gap exists between them.

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