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Albert Maysles, Director Of ‘Gimme Shelter,’ Dies

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Albert Maysles, Director Of ‘Gimme Shelter,’ Dies

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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

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Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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