Entertainment Weekly - 07/27/2002
"...These sad, bickering, mutually dependent women are like two Tennessee Williams heroines, acting out a real-life drama....It's almost impossible to look away..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2007
"[E]xtraordinary....[The Beales] turn out to be natural performers who are thrilled to have finally found an audience."
Out in East Hampton, behind a cloud of overgrown foliage and weeds, there is a large decaying mansion which is home to Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown-up daughter Little Edie. Big and Little Edie are the aunt and first cousin of Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis, and this documentary is a portrait of their unusual life together. When Little Edie left New York, she left behind her dreams of stardom to take care of her aging mother, and together they developed a unique relationship, cloistered away in their fading glory. A stirring portrait by the pioneers of documentary filmmaking, the Maysles Brothers.
Character Study |
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
Family Interaction |
Family Relations |
Music (General) |