One of the great documentary makers of our lifetime died March 6. In case you missed the news, Albert Maysles, an Emmy Award-winning documentarian who, with his brother, David, made cinema verite films including Gimme Shelter, about the Rolling Stones, died of pancreatic cancer March 5 in New York.
As someone who watches more documentaries than any other genre of film, I could count on Maysles to be one who could find the real story inside the perceived story, and do it with beauty and simplicity.
The two brothers 1964 piece on The Beatles serves as the centerpiece for the The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit , documenting the Beatles’ US trip as they travel to New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami Beach.
He also made Get Your Ya Ya’s Out, a chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969, and The Love We Make, a documentary filmed in the aftermath of 9/11, featuring Paul McCartney in New York arranging a benefit concert.
Maysles continued to work well into his 80s, making sseven films since 2005. His final film, Iris is set to debut this spring. Iris pairs the legendary 87-year-old documentarian with Iris Apfel, a quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. He has two films in production at the time of his death, including a self-portrait documentary.
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