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Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.

U.S. • 1976 • 94 Minutes • Color • 1.33:1

Featuring: Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer
Associate producer: Susan Froemke
Filmed by: Albert Maysles and David Maysles
Editing: Ellen Hovde, Susan Froemke, and Muffie Meyer
Sound mixer: Lee Dichter/Photo-Mag

About the Restoration

This new 2K digital restoration was undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The original 16 mm A/B camera negative, held in the Academy’s collections, was used to create two separate 2K scans, of the A and B rolls, on a Lasergraphics film scanner. These were then assembled into a final master using the existing 35 mm blowup color reversal internegative (CRI) as a reference. In addition, a handful of shots in the final master were replaced from the CRI. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, and jitter were manually removed.

The original monaural soundtrack was restored by Audio Mechanics in Burbank, California, under the supervision of the Academy Film Archive, from an existing 16-bit transfer made from the original 3-track magnetic tracks. Crackle was attenuated and clicks, thumps, and dropouts manually removed using Sonic HD, while hiss and hum were reduced using Cedar.