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AFP: 'Dean of documentaries' frowns at blurring of fact and fiction

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 9, 2007 at 12:55PM

At 80 years old and with half-a-century's worth of groundbreaking films behind him, it is small wonder that Albert Maysles is known as the dean of documentaries. Michael Moore was barely a year old in 1955 when Maysles was packing up a camera and venturing behind the Iron Curtain to capture a glimpse of life inside the Soviet Union's psychiatric hospitals. The result of that trip, "Pyschiatry in Russia," signaled the beginning of a career that saw Maysles and his late brother David emerge as two of the most important figures in 20th century American film. Rob Woollard reports.
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At 80 years old and with half-a-century's worth of groundbreaking films behind him, it is small wonder that Albert Maysles is known as the dean of documentaries. Michael Moore was barely a year old in 1955 when Maysles was packing up a camera and venturing behind the Iron Curtain to capture a glimpse of life inside the Soviet Union's psychiatric hospitals. The result of that trip, "Pyschiatry in Russia," signaled the beginning of a career that saw Maysles and his late brother David emerge as two of the most important figures in 20th century American film. Rob Woollard reports.