RIP Albert Maysles, Pioneer Documentarian Dead at 88
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
This is a boom time for Albert Maysles: his iconic Grey Gardens (1975) in a restored print is screening at Film Forum, and available from Criterion. A new documentary, Iris, about style legend Iris Apfel, a hit at the 2014 New York Film Festival will be released in late April. But then again, in the years that I have known him, he was always working. With D.A. Pennebaker, Richard Leacock, and his brother David, Maysles was a pioneer in "fly on the wall" or direct cinema. A lover of movies, it is hard to imagine not seeing him on the scene at the premieres of the latest, encouraging young filmmakers. As he said to me in a 1994 interview: "Making a film isn't finding the answer to a question; it's trying to capture life as it is."
In 2008, Steidl/ Kasher published a book detailing some of Albert Maysles work: Little Edie Bouvier Beale vamps on the cover photo of "A Maysles Scrapbook," a coffee table volume with introduction by Martin Scorsese illustrating the depth and breadth of the l
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