Albert Maysles Dead: Beloved For His Empathy, 'Gimme Shelter' Director Was Troubled By Critics

March 8, 2015 1:30 AM

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Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker known for Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Salesman, died on Friday at the age of 88. Maysles will be remembered as a pioneering storyteller who was driven by empathy and compassion above all. But that legacy will also forever be marked by an act of violence that occurred during the filming of arguably his most famous documentary.

Maysles, who worked with his brother David during much of his career, is known for embracing the cinema verité style of filmmaking. The Maysles brothers firmly rejected the use of interviews or narration, preferring instead to tell their subjects’ stories through their own actions and words. Maysles...

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