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Albert Maysles (1926–2015)

Albert Maysles was born on November 26, 1926 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Albert Harry Maysles. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Grey Gardens (1975), Gimme Shelter (1970) and Salesman (1968). He was married to Gillian Walker. He died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens Cinematographer
Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter Cinematographer
Salesman Cinematographer
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 2016 Keith Haring & the Moving Mural (Documentary) (filming)
  Hollywood Renegade (Documentary) (announced)
 2005-2015 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Stolen (2005)
 2015/I In Transit (Documentary)
 2014/IX Iris (Documentary)
 2013 The Secret of Trees (Documentary short)
 2011/VI One Night Stand
 2011 The Love We Make (TV Movie documentary)
 2009 Get Yer Ya Ya's Out (Video documentary short)
 2009 30 for 30 (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2009 South of the Border (Documentary)
 2008 Close Up: Portraits (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 Soul Power (Documentary)
 2008 A Case of Mistaken Identity? (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 A President to Remember (Documentary)
 2008 Four Seasons Lodge (Documentary)
 2007 Close-Up: Photographers at Work (TV Movie documentary)
 2007 The Gates (Documentary)
 2006 The Beales of Grey Gardens (Documentary)
 2005 Pretty Things (TV Movie documentary)
 2005/III Stolen (Documentary)
 2005 This Is an Adventure (Video documentary)
 2005 Sean O'Casey: Under a Coloured Cap (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary (Documentary)
 2004 The Jeff Koons Show (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles (TV Series documentary)
 2001 LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (TV Movie documentary)
 1996 Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (Documentary)
 1996 Dem deutschen Volke (Documentary)
 1996 When We Were Kings (Documentary)
 1994 Umbrellas (Documentary)
 1992 America Undercover (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1992 Baroque Duet (TV Movie documentary) (director of photography)
 1991 Soldiers of Music (Documentary)
 1991 The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (Video documentary)
 1990 Christo in Paris (Documentary)
 1989 Jessye Norman Sings Carmen (Documentary)
 1987 Islands (TV Movie documentary)
 1987 Shake!: Otis at Monterey (Documentary short)
 1987 Horowitz Plays Mozart (Documentary)
 1986 Jimi Plays Monterey (Documentary)
 1985 Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (TV Movie documentary)
 1985 Ozawa (TV Movie documentary)
 1980 Muhammad and Larry (Documentary short)
 1977 Running Fence (Documentary)
 1977 The Grateful Dead (Documentary)
 1975 Grey Gardens (Documentary)
 1974 Christo's Valley Curtain (Documentary short)
 1970 Gimme Shelter (Documentary) (as The Maysles Brothers, filmed by)
 1968 Monterey Pop (Documentary)
 1968 Salesman (Documentary)
 1966 With Love from Truman (Documentary short)
 1966 Meet Marlon Brando (Documentary short)
 1966 Orson Welles in Spain (Documentary short)
 1965 Six in Paris (segment "Montparnasse-Levallois")
 1964 The Delegate (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (TV Movie documentary)
 1963 Showman (Documentary)
 1960 Primary (Documentary)
 1960 ABC Close-Up! (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Yanki, No! (1960)
 1960 On the Pole (Documentary)
 1957 Youth in Poland (Documentary)
 1955 Psychiatry in Russia (Documentary)
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