Picture it: 1972. Montauk. The Hamptons. Everybody’s there. Mick and Bianca Jagger, Paul Morrissey, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol… Lee Radziwell and her sliiiiightly more famous sister Jackie O… superhunky photographer Peter Beard (“the Most Interesting Man in the World”…But wait for it, the big get here is never-before-seen footage of Gray Gardens and its legendary inhabitants Big and Little Edie Beale. It’s three years before Albert Maysles made them cult superstars, and we get to watch the genesis of that film as Lee and Peter go to the mansion for the first time, get to workmen to help repair it, and rescue the bickering mother and daughter from eviction. It’s Beard’s footage that had apparently been “lost” for decades, until Swedish director Göran Hugo Olson found it and edited it into this documentary. The result is heartstoppingly gorgeous: Intimate yet remote, telling yet enigmatic.
Watch the trailer below. That Summer opens May 18.