“Grey Gardens” Movie Poster
Original Grey Gardens (1975) movie poster. Plot: The Maysles brothers pay visits to Edith Bouvier Beale, nearing 80, and her daughter Edie, 56. The reclusive pair live with cats, raccoons and fleas in Grey Gardens, a crumbling 28-room family mansion in East Hampton which doesn’t even have running water. Edith is dry and quick-witted – a singer, married but later separated, a member of high society. Edie moved home twenty-four years ago to care for her ailing mother, she is voluble, dresses for combat in tight ensembles that include scarves wrapped around her head. The women address the camera, talking over each other, moving from the present to events years before. They’re odd, with flinty affection for each other. In what Edie considers a “raid” on their privacy, the Suffolk County Board of Health orders the Beale’s to clean up the house or be evicted. With few exceptions, the Beale’s are suspicious of the outside world. The Beale’s comply with the order and renovate the house with financial help from their more famous relative. Old habits die hard as even two years after renovations on the home have begun, Edith lives primarily in her bedroom in her twin bed which is covered with garbage and cats, who use the corner of the room as a bathroom. And Edie constantly dreams of a time when she can return to living in New York City as a débutante and dancer, although realizes that she is only using her mother as an excuse for what she really considers her comfortable current living situation.
Measurements: 27″W X 41″H