Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: Contemporary Film Directors
Table of Contents
While not exactly a collaborative project on the scale of an Albert Maysles film, this book would not exist without the strong help and contribution of several individuals. My thanks to James Naremore for inviting me to contribute a volume to this series and for supporting my choice of Albert Maysles. ...
Works of Art and Factual Material
Within the history of documentary cinema, the name Albert Maysles has assumed near-mythical status. Maysles, usually in collaboration with his brother David, was a central figure in some of the most important documentaries of the 1960s and 1970s, culminating with three feature-length films ...
Hard-Working People: Salesman, Showman, Meet Marlon Brando
At the beginning of Meet Marlon Brando, Brando talks to a group of journalists about the various jobs he might have had if he had not become an actor. He also discusses his brief stint at manual labor, declaring, “I hated that.” Becoming an actor allows Brando to avoid the drudgery of manual labor. ...
“It’s a Funny Place, This America”: What’s Happening: The Beatles in the USA and Gimme Shelter
Although Maysles’s cinema is often structured upon a confrontation between worlds, it is equally drawn to representing large social collectives, since collectives allow for the possibility of a resolution to the problems posed by this initial confrontation. One can see this realized in a particularly complex manner in two films ...
"I Feel Something Slipping": Grey Gardens, The Burk Family of Georgia, Lalee's Kin
Virtually all of the Maysles brothers’ films from Showman through Gimme Shelter center on male figures; the women in these films often assume subordinate roles to the central drives and desires of the men. Nevertheless, the women also threaten to unsettle these worlds dominated (however precariously) by the men. ...
Democratic Art Forms: A Visit with Truman Capote, A Journey to Jerusalem, Muhammad and Larry, Ozawa, Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic, Horowitz Plays Mozart, Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia, and the Christo and Jeanne-Claude
In 1973, the Maysles brothers were asked by the Bulgarian artist Christo Javacheff and his collaborator and wife Jeanne-Claude to film them at work installing their latest project, Valley Curtain in Rifle, Colorado—a mammoth orange canvas stretched across a valley in a small Colorado town. ...
Interview with Albert Maysles
This interview was conducted in the office of Maysles Films, Inc., on West Fifty-fourth Street in Manhattan in February 2006. (Their office has since moved to Lenox Avenue in Harlem.) Maysles had no private office there (nor, for that matter, does he have one in the Lenox Avenue space). ...
Appendix: A Comparison of What's Happening: The Beatles in the USA and The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit