Sunday, June 7 2009
Albert Maysles and his brother David created some of the best-known documentaries of the 20th century, and developed a distinctive style of filmmaking which has generated much debate about the documentary as a creative form and the ethics of creating documentary films.
Saturday, April 18 2009
In celebration of the premiere of HBO's stellar TV movie on the Beales, SE&L brings you this review of the original documentaries that started it all.
Monday, December 22 2008
A charming, if aptly peculiar, holiday treat, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway focuses on the translation of the Maysles' beloved documentary into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Tuesday, June 19 2007
When it comes to post-modern moviemaking, everyone stereotypes the Me Decade as the genre's defining moment. In this case -- as illustrated by the 10 films that represent it -- the categorization is more than accurate.
Thursday, May 3 2007
Ross McElwee and Walter Mosley, among other swoon-inducing talents, hang with our trio (or rather, the trio hangs with them) for a while. You just never know who you'll meet at Full Frame...
Wednesday, January 10 2007
From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.
Thursday, April 11 2002
What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.
Sunday, January 1 1995
Sixties rock and roll festivals -- given their large crowds of people, lack of sanitary facilities, bad drugs, and shortages of food and water -- were catastrophes waiting to happen. People get angry when they're uncomfortable or feel ripped off.