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Albert Maysles Collection

One of the fathers of Direct Cinema, Albert Maysles, working alongside his brother, David, is one of the icons of documentary film and luminaries of the indie world. His most widely known work, Gimme Shelter, follows the Rolling Stones through their U.S. tour in 1969 which was marred by the death of an audience member at the concert at Altamont Speedway. As one of the early pioneers of portable documentary filmmaking, Gimme Shelter stands out amoung the prime example of the Maysles brothers' "fly-on-the-wall" style. The development of sync-sound technology and new, lightweight 16mm cameras allowed documentarians like Maysles to get up close and personal with their subjects and take their audiences behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in Rock 'n Roll.

Though his choice of subject may not be as easily categorized as the cultural/political-minded films of Barbara Kopple, or D.A. Pennebaker, whose films include a veritable who's-who of the 1960's music scene. Albert Maysles is the master of letting the true personality of his subjects shine through, as is the case with the wonderfully eccentric Beales of Grey Gardens or the door-to-door Bible salesmen in Salesman, and even presidential hopeful, John F. Kennedy in Primary. Maysles has been credited with countless awards throughout his career and was dubbed "the best American cameraman" by Jean-Luc Godard.


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Primary

$19.95 | 53 minutes

In 1960, former Life magazine correspondent Robert Drew changed the face of documentary filmmaking when he introduced the first of his powerful films about President John F. Kennedy. Utilizing a small portable camera and sync sound recorder for the first time ever, Drew and his team of cameramen--nascent documentarians Richard Leacock…

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The Beales Of Grey Gardens

$17.95 | 91 minutes

Influential filmmakers Albert and David Maysles scored a cult phenomenon with their 1975 documentary GREY GARDENS, a quirky character study of the eccentric mother and daughter duo (and Jackie Kennedy relatives) Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale. This 2005 sequel finds the Maysles revisiting their famous film and subjects with a collection&hellip…

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Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens

$42.95 | 185 minutes

This two disc set from Criterion features the Maysles brother documentary Grey Gardens and Albert Maysles new sequel The Beales of Grey Gardens. Grey Gardens: Out in East Hampton, behind a cloud of overgrown foliage and weeds, there is a large decaying mansion which is home to Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown-up daughter known as&hellip…

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