[Collage from 'Grey Gardens'; Photo: The Moment]
The Maysles Brothers' famed East Hampton documentary Grey Gardens continues to have a big year with the release of a book of the same name this month. Grey Gardens, the book, aptly written by filmmaker Albert Maysles' two daughters, Rebekah and Sara, explores the letters, photographs and footage excluded from the documentary, which until recently had been lost in their father's archives. Taking years to compile, the sisters spent their time researching in their very own East Hampton house on the ocean, channeling Big and Little Edie Beale while sorting out the endless artifacts from the 1975 production. The book is as colorful as its subjects, with collages, illustrations and an audio CD of conversations had by the Beales, including their reactions to the film. New York Times blog The Moment has one of the books most surprising artifacts: a copy of Little Edie's response to the paper's notorious review of the film, "which was not printed in the paper because, according to Albert, the Arts and Leisure editor at the time had deemed her a schizophrenic". Grey Gardens comes during a time of renewed interest in the Beales' story, with a successful HBO film and a recent art exhibit making the West End Road home, and its most intriguing owners, more famous than they have been in over thirty years.
· Grey Gardens | The Perfect Book for the Day [The Moment]
· Grey Gardens [Free News Projects]