Media Arts Program

Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 8 & 10 p.m.

Albert and David Maysles

Grey Gardens & The Beales of Grey Gardens

Presented at:

8 PM
Grey Gardens
1974, 94 mins., by Albert & David Maysles

GREY GARDENS is the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter, ever-ready for their close-ups, live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as “Grey Gardens.”

“To my mother and me, GREY GARDENS is a breakthrough to something beautiful and precious called life.” — Edie Beale, 1974

10 PM
The Beales of Grey Gardens
2006, 86 min., by Albert & David Maysles

The Maysles' companion piece to their cult classic, with never-before-seen footage! Note late night start time.

“When the Maysles Brothers released their masterwork GREY GARDENS some 30 years ago, Roger Ebert wrote about the film and its subjects, Edith and Edie Beale, saying that ‘... a slow disintegration has set in; rooms of their mansion and areas of their lives have been closed off, one at a time, left to the forages of raccoons and memories.’ When Albert Maysles recently opened his film vault and realized there was enough unseen footage to create a feature-length follow-up to the classic documentary, those memories were gently reawakened. GREY GARDENS is made up entirely of this precious footage, and in the spirit of both The Maysles and The Beales, the images are left to speak for themselves—no interviews, no voiceovers, just the pictures and sounds of life as it unfolded for two eccentric women who insisted on living it their way.” – Jonny Lehan

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