Remembering Albert Maysles, A Filmmaker Unafraid to Probe Darkness

March 7, 2015 12:55 AM

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Remembering Albert Maysles, A Filmmaker Unafraid to Probe Darkness

Albert Maysles, one-half of the filmmaking team known as the Maysles brothers, has died at the age of 88. With his brother David, Maysles became particularly well-known for directing Grey Gardens, a 1976 documentary about the lives of two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s relatives, living in a squalid mansion.

Grey Gardens has become a camp classic for “Little Edie,” Onassis’s first cousin, and her idiosyncratic speech patterns and fashions. But the film is, perhaps like all great camp, touched by real darkness; there’s a sense of palpable terror in the socialites’ withdrawal from the world. Before Garden...

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