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Albert (born November 26,
1926, Boston, Massachusetts) and David Maysles (rhymes with "hazels",
born 10 January 1932, Boston, Massachusetts) were a documentary
filmmaking team whose cinéma vérité works include Salesman (1968), Gimme
Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976). Their 1964 film on The Beatles
forms the backbone of the DVD, The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit.
Several Maysles films document art projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
over a three-decade period, from 1974 when Christo's Valley Curtain was
nominated for an Academy Award to 2005 when The Gates headlined New
York's Tribeca Film Festival.
David Maysles, the younger brother,
died of a stroke on January 3, 1987, in New York. Albert Maysles
graduated in 1949 with a BA from Syracuse University and later earned a
masters degree at Boston University. Albert has continued to make films
on his own since his brother's death. Jean-Luc Godard once called Albert
Maysles "the best American cameraman". In 2005 Maysles was given a
lifetime achievement award at the Czech film festival AFO (Academia Film
Olomouc). He is working on his own autobiographical documentary.
2005 he founded the Maysles Institute, a nonprofit organization that
provides training and apprenticeships to underprivileged individuals.
Albert is a patron of Shooting People, a filmmakers' community.
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