A seductively interesting study in eccentricity, GREY GARDENS is a documentary portrait of an elderly woman and her middle-aged daughter, who live in a rundown mansion tucked within the wealthy enclave of East Hampton, New York. Harshly criticized by some observers for its alleged
exploitation of its subjects, the picture is probably the most controversial specimen of a school of nonfiction filmmaking known as cinema verite, a style noted for its nondidactic tone and recessive point of view.
The Maysles brothers, David and Albert, were making a documentary about Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Onassis's half-sister. During the shooting, they were introduced to two wom...