What an intelligent and wickedly charming individual. A pity the film was all too short.
One of America’s foremost documentary filmmakers and cinematographers, Albert Maysles has been making films for more than half a century. With his brother, David (1932-1987), Albert pioneered the direct cinema movement, the distinctly American version of French “cinema verité,” in which the drama of human life unfolds as is, without scripts, sets, or narration.
The Maysles brothers used these innovative techniques in making the first non-fiction feature films, including the groundbreaking 1968 film, Salesman. Other Maysles classics such as Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1975), soon followed, and are acclaimed for their exquisite cinematography and sensitive portraits of people, both famous and unsung.
Albert has received numerous awards and acclaim for his films and cinematography from such organizations as The Guggenheim Foundation, the Peabody Foundation, the Emmys, the American Society of Cinematographers and the International Documentary Association, which chose three films by Albert and David among the best 25 documentary films ever made.
In 2005 Albert founded the Maysles Documentary Center, a non-profit cinema and training center in Harlem, New York, NY. The MDC offers no and low-cost training to aspiring documentary filmmakers in the Harlem community, both youth and adult. The Maysles Cinema is the only independent film house in upper Manhattan and is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.
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The GatesAlbert Maysles and his brother David (who died in 1987), best known for such films as SALESMAN, GREY GARDENS and GIMME SHELTER, began filming THE GATES in 1979, when internationally acclaimed artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude began actively pushing their installation project forward with the New...Watch Movie
UmbrellasEast and West are brought together through the medium of art: 1,340 blue umbrellas are opened in a rice-farming valley in the Japanese province of Ibaraki, and 1,760 yellow umbrellas across a cluster of cattle ranches in the rolling hills of southern California. A beautiful journey filled with...Watch Movie
Christo in ParisWinner of the Grand Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, CHRISTO IN PARIS explores Christo's escape from Bulgaria, his early years as a struggling artist, his romance with Jeanne-Claude and the fulfillment of a ten-year...Watch Movie
IslandsA film that further explores the artists' fusion of culture, environment and politics. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's fight for permission to surround eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay with 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric, interwoven with their struggle to wrap the Pont-Neuf in...Watch Movie
Running FenceAn engrossing document of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's efforts to build a 24 1/2-mile-long, 18-foot-high fence of white fabric across the hills of northern California. The artists' struggle with local ranchers, environmentalists and state bureaucrats ends when the fence is unfurled, reuniting the...Watch Movie
Christo's Valley CurtainThe first collaboration between the Maysles Brothers and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and recipient of an Academy Award Nomination, CHRISTO'S VALLEY CURTAIN celebrates the dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains and the powerful effect it has on...Watch Movie
Meet Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando is caught in a Method conundrum; expected to play "movie star," he wants to live in the moment. To help his moribund 1965 film MORITURI, Brando agreed to participate in a marathon, day-long series of filmed interviews with reporters from local TV stations across...Watch Movie
Psychiatry in RussiaIn 1955, Albert Maysles traveled to Russia, 16mm camera in hand. During this trip, he shot what was to become his first film, PSYCHIATRY IN RUSSIA, an unprecedented view into Soviet mental healthcare. Originally televised by the David Garroway Show on NBC-TV in 1956.Watch Movie
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Brando is hilarious as he lambasts and questions the press, bringing up forward thinking pontifications on education and minority rights, things that are still not up to the standards he...
A rare and candid glimpse at the public Marlon Brando that speaks volumes (despite his coy reticence) of the intelligence and depth he possessed.
Insightful look at the proper way to handle the press. Marlon Brando was a human being who had an intrinsic ability to be a mirror. We all are mirrors, but...