Maysles, Al(bert) and David

Maysles, Al(bert) and David

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(born Nov. 26, 1926, Brookline, Mass., U.S.(born Jan. 10, 1932, Boston, Mass., U.S.) —died Jan. 3, 1987, New York, N.Y.) U.S. documentary filmmakers. Albert made his first documentary, Psychiatry in Russia, in 1955. In 1962 the brothers began to collaborate on documentaries in the cinéma vérité style, which they called “direct cinema,” and gained notoriety for their films Salesman (1969) and Gimme Shelter (1970), both made with Charlotte Zwerin. Their later films include Christo's Valley Curtain (1972), Grey Gardens (1975), and Vladimir Horowitz (1985).

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