The movie Grey Gardens came out in 1975 as a documentary film. The hosts of the movie are David and Albert Maysles. The movie was produced by Susan Froemke, and Ellen Hovde as well as Mufie Meyer as the directors. The two main characters of the movie are a mother and child by the name of Edith Beale, and they live in a nice neighborhood in East Hampton, NY. They are two reclusive socialists but they live in a huge house on West End Road. You will have to watch the film to see how it ends!
This is a true story about the aunt and the first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The respective Beale's lived at the location for years throughout socializing with anyone. The place was full of fleas, but they continued to live there. Not only was there no running water, but the garbage in the house attracted fleas. The health department became concerned when the National Enquirer relieved photos of the place to the public. Both Ediths were facing eviction, so their famous first lady came up with the funds to get them out of debt. The general public was shocked with the conditions of the house.
The film has received several awards. The first award was it was shown at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but it did not make it into the final competition. The other award was that it was put into the 2010 Library of Congress for preservation because it accurately portrays the 1970s. The movie has been adopted a few times, and so that is a sign of its importance. Some of the adoptations of the movie include: A Few Small Repairs by David Robson, Little Edie & The Marble Faun by David Lally, and the HBO film called Grey Gardens.