The Direct Cinema Of David And Albert Maysles
Jonathan B. VogelsISBN: 0809326434;
Book DescriptionBoldly signifying the cultural issues of the 1960s and 1970s in groundbreaking pieces such as Gimme Shelter, Showman, and Grey Gardens, filmmakers and brothers David and Albert Maysles utilized an approach to documentary film that involved spontaneous observation of naturally occurring events. With no rehearsed footage and no preconceived plots, their revolutionary work eschewed the authoritative voice-over narrator, didactic scripts, and traditional problem-and-solution format used by the majority of their predecessors in the genre and duly influenced subsequent directors in both fiction and nonfiction film. Their collaboration from 1962 until David?s death in 1987 wrought thirteen major works in which the brothers critiqued the concept of celebrity with unglamorous footage of iconic figures, explored how commercialism hinders communication, and questioned the possibility of seeing anything clearly in a world abounding with both real and constructed images. ...
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