Biographies

Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles ("A Mother's Desperation") is a pioneer of direct cinema, who with his brother David, was the first to make nonfiction feature films ("Gimme Shelter," "Salesman," "Grey Gardens") where the drama of life unfolds as is, without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. He made his first film, "Psychiatry In Russia" (1955), while in transition from psychologist to documentary filmmaker. In 1960 he served as cofilmmaker of "Primary." His 36 films also include "What's Happening? The Beatles in the USA" (1964), five films of the projects of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1972 to 1995), "Meet Marlon Brando" (1965) and three documentaries for HBO. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1965), a Peabody, an Emmy®, five Lifetime Achievement Awards, the award for best cinematography at Sundance (2002) for "Lalee's Kin," which was also nominated in 2001 for an Academy Award®, and most recently, the Columbia Dupont Award (2004). In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the world's finest 100 cinematographers. His latest project, "The Gates" (1979-2005), is presently in postproduction.





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