Albert Maysles

Director, Producer, Director of photography
Alongside his brother David, Albert Maysles became one of the chief exponents of the cinema verit school of documentary filmmaking. After starting his documentary career with films about mental health in Russia ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (42)

Iris 2015 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity 2014 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Secret of Trees 2012 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

South of the Border 2010 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Four Seasons Lodge 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Shine a Light 2008 (Movie)

Camera in Hand (Camera)

Gypsy Caravan 2007 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Monterey 40 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Camera

Stolen 2006 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Beales of Grey Gardens 2006 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton 2001 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center 1998 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Accent on the Offbeat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Dem Deutschen Volke 1995 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Photography

Let the Good Times Roll 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Cinematographer

Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis: Baroque Duet 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Photography

Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Photography

Umbrellas 1992 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Christo in Paris 1989 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Islands 1987 (Movie)

(Photography)

Vladimir Horowitz, The Last Romantic 1984 (Movie)

(Photography)

Running Fence 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Grateful Dead 1976 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Grey Gardens 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Christo's Valley Curtain 1972 (Movie)

(Photography)

Gimme Shelter 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Salesman 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Meet Marlon Brando 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Visit with Truman Capote 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

("Montparnasse et Levallois") (Photography)

What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. 1963 (Movie)

(Photography)

Showman 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Psychiatry in Russia 1954 (Movie)

(Photography)
Director (34)

Iris 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Love We Make 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

The Secret of Trees 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

30 for 30 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

The Gates 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

The Beales of Grey Gardens 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

With the Filmmaker: Portraits By Albert Maysles 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Director)

Umbrellas 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Christo in Paris 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Horowitz Plays Mozart 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Islands 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Vladimir Horowitz, The Last Romantic 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Running Fence 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Grey Gardens 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

La Pupa del gangster 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Christo's Valley Curtain 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Gimme Shelter 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Salesman 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Meet Marlon Brando 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A Visit with Truman Capote 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Showman 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Primary 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Psychiatry in Russia 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Abortion: Desperate Choices (TV Show)

Director

Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (TV Show)

Director

Ozawa (TV Show)

Director
Actor (10)

A Walk into the Sea 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wild Blue Yonder 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ghosts of Grey Gardens 2004 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Mick Jagger: The Ultimate Performer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wild Ride of Outlaw Bikers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Pretty Things (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

100 Years of Women 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Running Fence 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grey Gardens 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Psychiatry in Russia 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Grey Gardens (TV Show)

Advisor

Biography

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.

Relationships

David Maysles Director

Brother
Born Jan. 10, 1931 Co-directed documentary films, including "Gimme Shelter" (1970) and "Grey Gardens" (1975) Died Jan. 3, 1987

Philip Maysles

Father
Russian-Jewish immigrant

Ethel Maysles

Mother
Died c. 1974

Rebekah Maysles

Daughter

Sara Maysles

Daughter

Philip Maysles

Son

Barbara Maysles

Sister
Older

Gilian Walker

Wife
Married Sept. 14, 1976

EDUCATION

Brookline High School

Brookline , Massachusetts

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1953
Attended the graduate school of Arts and Science

Milestones

2014

Directed "Iris" biopic, about fashion icon Iris Apfel

2008

Joined Martin Scorsese to directed "Shine a Light"; the film documented two 2006 performances that took place during rock and roll band The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour

2007

With Antonio Ferrera, documented a site-specific art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, "The Gates" in NYC

2005

Founded the Maysles Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides training and apprenticeships to underprivileged individuals

2001

With Froemke and Deborah Dickson, filmed "LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton"; premiered at Sundance before airing on HBO

2001

Profiled directors Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Robert Duvall and Jane Campion in the TV specials "With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles" (PBS)

1997

Co-directed with Susan Froemke and Bob Eisenhardt the documentary "Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center"

1996

Produced, shot and co-directed the award-winning HBO documentary "Letting Go: A Hospice Journey"

1994

Filmed "Conversations With the Rolling Stones" (broadcast on VH-1)

1992

Co-directed (also produced) the award-winning HBO documentary "Abortion: Desperate Choices"

1990

Last feature collaboration with brother David, "Christo in Paris"; released three years after David's death

1974

Worked as cinematographer on Leon Gast's documentary "When We Were Kings" about the Muhammed Ali and George Forman 'Rumble in the Jungle'; film not released until 1996

1973

Shared Academy Award nomination for "Christo's Valley Curtain"; also first of several film collaborations with the artist Christo

1969

Garnered widespread acclaim for "Gimme Shelter" chronicling the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour

1968

Co-directed with brother and Charlotte Zwerin, "Salesman" a portrait of bible sellers in Boston; withheld from audiences for 25 years; finally aired on PBS' "POV" in 1994

1964

Photographed Godard's segment ("Montparnasse et Levallois") of omnibus feature, "Paris vu par/Six in Paris"

1964

Helmed the documentary short "What's Happening! The Beatles in America"; never released theatrically; aired instead on CBS with narration by Carol Burnett

1962

First Maysles Brothers collaboration with Charlotte Zwerin, "Showman"; also first Maysles Films Inc. production

1960

Co-directed an examination of the Democratic campaign for president "Primary"

1959

Co-shot D.A. Pennebaker's "Opening in Moscow"

1957

First film made with brother David, "Youth of Poland"

1955

First film (made solo), "Psychiatry in Russia"; aired on WGBH the public television station in Boston

1955

Went to USSR to study mental health care; began making films

1952

Taught psychology at Boston University

At age seven, purchased first still camera

During WWII, served with Army tank corps; after discharge enrolled in college

With Pennebaker, Richard Leacock and David Maysles, became member of Drew Associates (founded by Robert Drew)

Formed Maysles Films, Inc.

Worked as salesman

Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts

In early 1980s, worked on film profiles of musicians Seiji Ozawa and Vladimir Horowitz; earned Emmy Award for "Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic"

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