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Here Are 7 Indiewire Stories on Albert Maysles Published Since 2000

Here Are 7 Indiewire Stories on Albert Maysles Published Since 2000

How ‘Grey Gardens’ Was Restored to Its Squalid Glory (and Why You Need to See It)

Published on March 6, 2015

“We didn’t remove any of the racoon stuff. We left the smells so you can still use your imagination as to what that home was like,” Lee Kline, the Technical Director at The Criterion Collection, told Indiewire.

Kline agreed that it’s “ironic that you would clean things up in a film like ‘Grey Gardens,'” but he said the film’s grainy 16mm look remains. “What’s nostalgic about the grain is that it lends itself to what that house is about, the grittiness of the house. When you have film grain, it adds an other-worldliness that because it’s got a texture to it that video doesn’t necessarily have. It takes you into the film.”

‘TV Commercials Dehumanize Us’ and More Bits of Wisdom from Albert Maysles

Published on September 17, 2014

Maysles boiled down Iris’s appeal to a simple aphorism: “All you need [for a good documentary subject] is somebody with a great personality and a very, very nice pair of glasses.”

Advice to Doc Filmmakers from Albert Maysles: Establish an Empathizing Relationship

Published on November 13, 2013

“Authenticity is at the core of a good documentary. You are giving a picture of really what’s going on. So there is a proximity to reality. You are filming people experiencing something so the viewers, when they watch the film, are having that experience for themselves. This allows the viewer to find a common ground as fellow human beings.”

Maysles Cinema Celebrates Al Maysles’ 86th Birthday with Friends, Food and the Timeless Tunes of the Stones

Published on December 14, 2012

“Even those who have seen ‘Gimme Shelter’ countless times, including Maysles himself, were visibly struck as the timeless tunes of the Stones (opening with a powerful rendition of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’) pounded on the big screen at the infamously tragic 1969 Altamont Concert.”

Straight Talk from Documentarian Albert Maysles

Published June 13, 2011

Maysles during a masterclass he gave at the 2011 Sheffield Doc/Fest:
“Just let it happen. Get it as it’s happening. No staging, no narration, no host. You have the privilege to see what other people go through.”

Back to the Garden: 30 Years Later, Albert Maysles Revisits a Classic

Published July 21, 2006

Maysles during a 2006 interview conducted at the time of the release of the “Grey Gardens” follow up, “The Beales of Grey Gardens”

“When my daughter was four years old, we went to pick up the New York Times the night before it hit the stands, as we often did. So one day we went there and the paper hadn’t arrived yet. I’m kind of fidgeting… so she turned to me, four years old, and said, ‘Daddy, the paper’s not ready because the people haven’t been killed yet.’ So, just the other day I picked up this little poem by William Carlos Williams. It’s kind of a corollary to her statement: ‘It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.’ In a way, it’s saying what Rebecca was saying then.”

REVIEW: Maysles Classic Altamont Doc “Gimme Shelter” Still the Best

Published on August 17, 2000

“What’s amazing about the vision, execution and editing of ‘Gimme Shelter’ is that it’s as if the Maysles saw everything coming: the misguided concept, the cult of celebrity, the lack of planning, the bad LSD trips, and most of all, the excessive violence which led to murder. What should have been a West Coast Woodstock fell prey to the militancy of a Harley nation, rapidly moving from the dangerous and deadly.”

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