Albert and David Maysles: Interviews

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In Albert and David Maysles: Interviews, editor Keith Beattie has compiled a wideranging collection in which the brothers, together and separately, discuss all aspects of their filmmaking-the nature of collaboration, technical matters, contextual considerations, and more. They recount a personal history of cinéma vérité and modern documentary filmmaking.

The prolific joint career of the brothers has defined documentary filmmaking in the United States. From their first films in ...

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Overview

In Albert and David Maysles: Interviews, editor Keith Beattie has compiled a wideranging collection in which the brothers, together and separately, discuss all aspects of their filmmaking-the nature of collaboration, technical matters, contextual considerations, and more. They recount a personal history of cinéma vérité and modern documentary filmmaking.

The prolific joint career of the brothers has defined documentary filmmaking in the United States. From their first films in the late 1950s until the recent films of Albert Maysles (b. 1926), the brothers' pioneering development of the "direct cinema," or cinéma vérité, style of documentary filmmaking has significantly altered the ways in which the world appears in nonfiction representations. Their influential movies-including the early feature Salesman, the renowned rock concert film Gimme Shelter, and the dual biography Grey Gardens-have affected the aesthetics of fiction filmmaking as well. Since the death of David Maysles (1931-1987), Albert Maysles has continued to make films and has further contributed to the development of the documentary form.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781604733648
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Beattie is a faculty member of arts at Deakin University, Melbourne (Australia). He is the author of Documentary Screens: Non-Fiction Film and Television and Documentary Display: Re-Viewing Nonfiction Film and Video, and he is the co-editor of The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xiii

Filmography xvii

Albert and David Maysles Mark Shivas 3

The Maysles Brothers and "Direct Cinema" Maxine Haleff 7

A Discussion with the Maysles Brothers James Blue 17

An Interview with the Maysles Brothers Jonas Mekas 33

An Interview with Albert and David Maysles Bob Sitton 37

Salesman Alan Rosenthal 44

Circumstantial Evidence: An Interview with David and Albert Maysles Robert Phillip Kolker 55

Seeking to Take the Longest Journey: A Conversation with Albert Maysles Calvin Pryluck 65

Who's Who in Filmmaking: Albert Maysles Judith Trojan 74

"Doco Direct" et al Jane Castle 87

Real Artists Shoot "Real Farmers" Brooke Comer 97

The Making of Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center Ann Hassett 103

Man of the People Brooke Comer 107

Albert Maysles: All You Need Is Love Jackson Pellow 114

Stories That Tell Themselves Anne S. Lewis 119

Albert Maysles Liz Stubbs 124

The Force of Reality in Direct Cinema: An Interview with Albert Maysles Sharon Zuber 140

Maysles on DIFF, Castro, Flies on Walls, and the Poetic Eye Marty Mapes 160

Albert Maysles Shana Liebman 167

"A Bible Salesman or the Rolling Stones: They're All Just People" Geoffrey Macnab 170

Uncontrolled Cinema: Albert Maysles Williams Cole 174

Reel Life Lance Avery Morgan 180

Index 185

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