David Maysles

David Maysles

Actor, Director, Director of Photography, Producer, Editor

BIO

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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.

In 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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Birthday

Jan. 10, 1931

Place of birth

Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Known for

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Salesman

Filmmakers (and brothers) Albert and David Maysles follow four employees of a company that makes ... Read more

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9.1

The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

This documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour has become a legendary, harrowing symbol of ... Read more

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6.5

With Love from Truman

'With Love from Truman' portrays an intimate meeting with renowned author Truman Capote. As a rep... Read more

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Journey to Jerusalem

This color documentary chronicles the musical concert on Mount Scopus in Israel a mere three week... Read more

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8.5

The Beales of Grey Gardens

Mother and daughter - Big Edie and Little Edie Beale - live with six cats in a crumbling house in... Read more

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6.5

Cut Piece

Filmed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cut Piece documents one of Yoko Ono’s most powerful conceptua... Read more

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Christo's Valley Curtain

Oscar nominated documentary about the largest man-made curtain in the world as "sculpture". Read more

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Running Fence

Second in the series by the Maysles brothers documenting the monuments/sculptures of Christo, who... Read more

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Islands

The Maysles' third film about the artists sees them trying to get three projects off the ground: ... Read more

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Christo In Paris

Christo is like a religious fanatic whose religion is art. Film 4 in a series of 5. Read more

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Meet Marlon Brando

Journalists from all over America meet Marlon Brando in a New York hotel room to interview him ab... Read more

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5.5

Orson Welles in Spain

Orson Welles pitches to potential investors his vision of a largely improvised bullfighter movie ... Read more

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Salvador Dalí's Fantastic Dream

Produced by 20th Century Fox, this Maysles Brothers short was intended to help promote the releas... Read more

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6.4

Grey Gardens

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, li... Read more