Salute to Albert Maysles

"As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality. It is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences – all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery. And the closer I adhere to reality the more honest and authentic my tales. After all, the knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and therefore possibly to love one another. It’s my way of making the world a better place." -- Albert Maysles

Metro Cinema honours the art and career of Albert Maysles (d. March 5, 2015), whose groundbreaking films mine the psychology of the human condition, and with his brother David Maysles (d. 1987), helped pioneer feature-length non-fiction filmmaking. Here are some of the highlights of an oeuvre spanning the gamut of subject matter, from high art to pop culture and celebrities to nobodies, all with the same probing curiosity and eminent humanity.

SALUTE TO ALBERT MAYSLES Double Features 

JUNE 2: Buena Vista Social Club (Music Docs/Wim's Wunders) @ 7PM with Gimme Shelter @ 9:30PM

Adults: $20, Students/Seniors/Children: $15

Advance Double Feature Tickets are available in person at Metro’s box office.

Maysles: Grey Gardens

  • Jun 6 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Jun 7 (2015) @ 2pm
  • Jun 9 (2015) @ 9:15pm

During the fall of 1973 the Maysles spent some six weeks in East Hampton with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin, Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, an elderly mother and her unmarried daughter living by the sea in a crumbling house filled with the cluttered memories of the their privileged past. 

Maysles: Gimme Shelter

  • Jun 2 (2015) @ 9:30pm

Albert and David Maysles were proponents of the Direct Cinema movement of the 50’s and 60s, in which “reactive” filmmakers record events as they unfold naturally and spontaneously. . Gimme Shelter, the Maysles’ landmark music documentary, defines spontaneity, revealing the conflicts and contradictions within the counterculture era through the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969.

Iris

  • May 29, Jun 1 & 4 (2015) @ 7pm
  • May 30 (2015) @ 4pm
  • May 31 (2015) @ 2pm
  • Jun 3 (2015) @ 9:30pm
  • Jun 14 (2015) @ 1:30pm

The last film from Albert Maysles (d. March 5, 2015), Iris pairs the acclaimed documentarian with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style maven. More than a fashion film, it is a story about creativity and inspiration.

 

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