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'Grey Gardens' open to view again on big and little screens

Christine Ebersole plays the part of

Christine Ebersole plays the part of "Little" Edie Beale in Act Two of the musical "Grey Gardens" by Doug Wright (book), Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

'Grey Gardens" is in full bloom again.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Albert and David Maysles' documentary about Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, "Little Edie," the eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who lived in squalor in East Hampton, the film is popping up on screens big and small this week.

Every speck of dirt will be evident in a cleaned-up and restored print that Janus Films, in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Film Archive and The Criterion Collection, is presenting at select theaters, including the Film Forum in Manhattan, Friday through March 12. The cult movie, which also inspired a 2006 Broadway musical and a 2009 HBO dramatization starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, was added to the National Film Registry in 2010. Tickets are $13 and can be reserved at

If you'd rather watch the movie from the comfort of your living room, Turner Classic Movies is airing it Sunday at 10 a.m.

And appropriately, "Grey Gardens" will also take root on Long Island this summer. Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is mounting a production of the musical that will run from Aug. 4 to 30.

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