Albert Maysles, godfather of American documentary cinema, dead at 88

March 6, 2015 7:23 PM

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Albert Maysles, godfather of American documentary cinema, dead at 88

Albert Maysles, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer feature-length nonfiction movies that used lightweight, hand-held cameras to spontaneously record the lives of both the famous and the unexamined, has died. He was 88.

Stacey Farrar, the marketing director of Maysles Films, his production company, said the filmmaker died at his home in New York on Thursday.

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