Monday, June 8 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.
Wednesday, June 20 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, 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.