Just in time for its 40th Anniversary, the 1975 film Grey Gardens arrives back in movie theaters, courtesy of Janus Films – starting on March 6, 2015 at the Film Forum in NYC. (Grey Gardens will expand theatrically throughout the spring and summer, so check back here often for updates).
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis.
The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.
An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.
The movie Grey Gardens is the most popular big screen documentary of all time within the gay community in the United States, especially with drag queens, who quote Little Edie endlessly.
The simplest way to describe the movie Grey Gardens is that it is about an old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
Drew Barrymore won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for portraying Little Edie in the 2009 HBO adaptation of the 1975 documentary.
Watch the Grey Gardens trailer.