Albert & David Maysles
Albert (born November 26, 1926, Boston, Massachusetts) and David Maysles (rhymes with “hazels”, born 10 January 1932, Boston, Massachusetts) were a documentary filmmaking team whose cinéma vérité works include Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976). Their 1964 film on The Beatles forms the backbone of the DVD, The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit. Several Maysles films document art projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude over a three-decade period, from 1974 when Christo’s Valley Curtain was nominated for an Academy Award to 2005 when The Gates headlined New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.
David Maysles, the younger brother, died of a stroke on January 3, 1987, in New York. Albert Maysles graduated in 1949 with a BA from Syracuse University and later earned a masters degree at Boston University. Albert has continued to make films on his own since his brother’s death. Jean-Luc Godard once called Albert Maysles “the best American cameraman”. In 2005 Maysles was given a lifetime achievement award at the Czech film festival AFO (Academia Film Olomouc). He is working on his own autobiographical documentary.