• "Richly detailed and boundlessly evocative, even at its most claustrophobic."
  • "Classic!"
  • "Edith and Edie are like a toxic vaudeville team, joined not just by blood but affinity. They're three parts folie a deux to two parts shtick."

Flaming Classics is pleased to present one of cinema's greatest mother-daughter pairs: Big and Little Edie Beale. This classic documentary from 1976 is a tale of enduring love and crippling interdependence... the perfect Mother's Day film! Join this mother and daughter, the high-society dropouts and reclusive cousins of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis for a tour of their dilapidated mansion Grey Gardens. 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 film has inspired another equally compelling documentary THE BEALES OF GREY GARDENS from left over footage, a Tony-award winning broadway musical, a television movie about it's making, and one of Snatch Game's best performances in herstory. Bring your mother for free! (and if you don't have a great relationship with her.... bring your work mom, drag mom or anyone you have maternal feelings for... in short buy one get one free for this screening!) After the film stay for a special performance by Shelley Novak and Jupiter Velvet! *And don't miss THAT SUMMER coming to Cosford Cinema on May 25. The new documentary is a shows GREY GARDENS before the Maysels arrived. Welcome to Grey Gardens…as you’ve never seen it before. Three years before the Maysles’ landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale—the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a decaying dream world on Long Island—renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972. For the first time ever, director Göran Olsson (THE BLACK POWER MIXED TAPE 1967-1975) assembles this long-lost footage—featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote—into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots, and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons.


Directed by the Maysels Brothers, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer.
USA. 94minutes. 4k Digital Projection.
1976. English.



  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 8:00pm