Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles

Highest Rated: 100% Salesman (1969)

Lowest Rated: 67% Stolen (2005)

Birthday: Nov 26, 1926

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Alongside his brother David, Albert Maysles became one of the chief exponents of the cinema verité school of documentary filmmaking. After starting his documentary career with films about mental health in Russia and student revolt in Poland, the Maysles brothers joined forces with Richard Leacock, Robert Drew and D.A. Pennebaker to make a series of films, most notably "Primary" (1960), which followed the Democratic primaries between John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in Wisconsin, and revolutionized the way documentaries are made. Turning to music, he directed "What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA" (1964) and later made the controversial Rolling Stones film, "Gimme Shelter" (1970), which documented the band's headlining performance at the violence-plagued Altamont Free Concert and captured the fatal stabbing of a concertgoer. In the following decade, the Maysles courted more controversy with "Grey Gardens" (1976), a disturbing look at co-dependency between a mother and daughter that was later turned into a Broadway musical and an Emmy-winning HBO film. Following the death of brother David in 1987, Maysles earned an Oscar nomination for "LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton" (2001) while making cable films covering everything from abortion and hospice care to Paul McCartney's 9/11 benefit concert in New York City, solidifying his status as one of documentary filmmaking's most celebrated pioneers. He died of natural causes at the age of 88 on March 5, 2015.




100% 82% In Transit Director,
- 2015
92% 69% Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity Cinematographer $21.2K 2014
98% 80% Iris Director,
$1.3M 2014
82% 58% The Love We Make Director,
- 2011
84% 79% Soul Power Cinematographer $206.8K 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness Director - 2007
86% 82% Gypsy Caravan Cinematographer $440.4K 2006
71% 77% The Beales of Grey Gardens Director - 2006
No Score Yet 54% Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story Cinematographer - 2006
86% 60% The Gates Director - 2005
67% 47% Stolen Cinematographer $130.6K 2005
No Score Yet 100% LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton Director,
$5.5K 2001
98% 94% When We Were Kings Cinematographer $2.7M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet To the German People: The Wrapped Reichstag 1971-95 Cinematographer - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Umbrellas Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Christo's Umbrellas Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Accent on the Off Beat Director,
- 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baroque Duet Director,
- 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia Director,
- 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Christo in Paris Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Islands Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Running Fence Director,
- 1978
94% 85% Grey Gardens Director,
$31K 1975
93% 91% Gimme Shelter Director,
$252.6K 1970
96% 89% Monterey Pop Cinematographer $1.5K 1969
100% 89% Salesman Director,
- 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Visit With Truman Capote Director - 1966
No Score Yet 71% What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showman Director - 1963
100% 69% Primary Cinematographer,
- 1960


No Score Yet No Score Yet Addiction: The Supplementary Series Director 2007


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