Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles

Highest Rated: 100% In Transit (2015)

Lowest Rated: 54% Manufacturing Dissent (2007)

Birthday: Nov 26, 1926

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Albert Maysles and his brother, David Maysles, played important roles in the development of cinema verité documentary-making by designing highly portable cameras and sound equipment that allowed them to record events with minimal intrusion. Before teaming up with David in 1957, Albert studied psychology at Syracuse and Boston Universities, and made a film about mental institutions in the Soviet Union. The Maysles brothers' best-known documentaries are Salesman (1969) and Gimme Shelter (1970); the latter was a disturbing, controversial chronicle of a Rolling Stones concert during which four people were killed by the Hells Angels hired by the band to keep people off the stage. The Maysles captured one of those brutal murders on camera and repeatedly showed it throughout the film. The brothers worked together on a number of documentaries throughout the 1970s and '80s; their collaboration ended with David's death in 1987. That same year, their Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic was released to great acclaim; 1991 saw the release of Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, which also received an enthusiastic reception. In 2001, Albert Maysles recieved the Sundance Film Festival's Excellence in Cinematography Award for his lensing of LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton. Albert died in 2015, at age 88.


Highest Rated Movies



98% Iris Director $1.3M 2015
100% In Transit Director Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness Director 2015
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Secret of Trees Director 2013
82% The Love We Make Director 2011
83% The Gates Director 2008
No Score Yet Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary Actor 2008
79% A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory Actor 2007
54% Manufacturing Dissent Actor 2007
No Score Yet Rufus Wainwright: Milwaukee at Last!!! Director 2007
71% The Beales of Grey Gardens Director 2006
88% Tell Them Who You Are Actor 2005
75% Michael Moore Hates America Actor 2004
No Score Yet A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary Actor 2004
No Score Yet Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton Director 2001
No Score Yet Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment Actor 1999
No Score Yet Christo's Umbrellas Director 1994
No Score Yet Baroque Duet Director 1992
No Score Yet Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia Director 1991
No Score Yet James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket Producer 1990
No Score Yet Beatles: The First U.S. Visit Director 1990
No Score Yet Jessye Norman Sings Carmen Director 1989
No Score Yet Horowitz Plays Mozart Director 1987
No Score Yet Islands Director 1987
No Score Yet Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic Director 1985
No Score Yet Ozawa Director 1985
94% Grey Gardens Producer Director $31.5K 1975
96% Gimme Shelter Director 1970
100% Salesman Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet A Visit with Truman Capote (With Love from Truman) Director 1966
No Score Yet Meet Marlon Brando Director 1966
No Score Yet What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A Director 1964
No Score Yet Showman Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet Primary Director 1960


No Score Yet POV
Director 2016
No Score Yet 30 for 30
Director 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Director Appearing 2008


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