The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Albert Maysles, the filmmaker perhaps best known for directing the documentaries Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter, has died at 88. Maysles was one of the pioneers of cinéma vérité — a style of documentary filmmaking that eschews editorializing and narration, and endeavors to record the flow of real life unfolding naturally. In a recent TEDx talk, he spoke of the responsibility of the documentarian to allow the camera to become a pure observer, capturing direct experience without interference, inflection, or judgment.

TEDx Talk: “The Gift of Documentary”

Trailer for Salesman (1968)


Trailer for Gimme Shelter (1970)

Trailer for Grey Gardens (1976)

Photo: Uniondocs, via Flickr

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Chief Justice John Roberts

They tried. Oh, they tried. Republicans spent a decade bashing and voting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. And what did they get for all their trouble? A 7-2 ruling by a conservative Supreme Court to uphold the health insurance program also known as "Obamacare."

For that, Republicans should thank their lucky stars. There would have been unlovely consequences had they succeeded in killing a government program that secured health coverage for 23 million Americans.

Keep reading... Show less

Close