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The director - whose Harlem-based Maysles Documentary Center and Cinema continues to promote up-and-coming directors and who was frequently seen at film events in the city - became famous with his sibling for their "direct cinema" technique, which favoured intimate observation over more formal interview-style documentary techniques.
Grey Gardens, which profiled the reclusive socialites Edith Bouvier and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, went on form the basis of the Broadway show of the same name, while the Maysles' profile of the Rolling Stones' American tour Gimme Shelter also earned them worldwide attention. Whether he was dealing with bible salesmen or »
- Amber Wilkinson
Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker and cinematographer behind “Grey Gardens,” a look at the bizarre lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter; Rolling Stones film “Gimme Shelter”; cinema verite classic “Salesman”; and Muhammad Ali docu “When We Were Kings,” died Thursday of natural causes. He was 88.
Maysles had most recently been working as co-cinematographer on the documentary “Keith Haring & the Moving Mural” and was in post-production on his own documentary “In Transit.”
Maysles had long collaborated professionally with his brother David, but the latter died in 1987. The pair were Oscar-nominated in 1974 for the documentary short subject “Christo’s Valley Curtain.” They also shared an Emmy in 1987 for “Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic,” Albert shared an Emmy with others in 1991 for “Soldiers of Music.”
Albert Maysles had 74 credits as cinematographer, and 49 as director or co-director.
- Carmel Dagan
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