©1955, directed by Albert Maysles, 16mm, b&w, 14 mins

In 1955, Albert Maysles traveled to Russia, 16mm camera in hand. During this trip, he shot what was to become his first film, Psychiatry in Russia, an unprecedented view into Soviet mental healthcare. Originally televised by the David Garroway Show on NBC-TV in 1956. VIEW TRAILER >

©1957, directed by Albert Maysles, 16mm, b&w, 33 mins

Albert Maysles’ first foray into independent filmmaking, Russian Close-Up is a visual diary of the faces and places encountered along a cross country motorscooter ride through the Soviet Union in the late 1956.

©1961, directed by Albert Maysles, USA/Kenya, 16mm, b&w, 10 mins

This early travelogue film, made in a Kenyan train station, captures an impromptu musical
performance. Some passengers eagerly join in while others sleep -- blissfully unaware of the performance taking place around them.

©1962, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, b&w, 8 mins

An early Maysles Bros. “work for hire” shot by Albert Maysles for the NBC network news program Update. Produced at the height of the Cold War by acclaimed screenwriter Bo Goldman, the subject is one Anastasia Stevens, an American dancer in the Bolshoi Ballet.

©1963, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, b&w, 53 mins

Joseph E. Levine, one of Hollywood’s most prolific movie producers, was associated with such iconic films as The Graduate (1967) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). Showman documents the life of Levine and the press hysteria surrounding La Ciociara (Two Women, 1960) as Sophia Loren wins an Oscar. Revealing as much about the machinations of the Hollywood star system as it does about Levine's rise to power, Showman is a fascinating exposé of the commercialization of the US film industry.

©1966, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, color, 10 mins

Orson Welles pitches his vision of a movie about people in Spain who live for bullfights. In the process, we learn how Welles would make use of 'direct cinema' techniques in collaboration with The Maysles Bros. In front of an audience of wealthy arts patrons, Welles pontificates on the state of cinema, the filmmaking process and the art of bullfighting. VIEW TRAILER >

©1964, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, b/w, 81 mins

A humorous, freewheeling and behind-the-scenes account of The Beatles arrival in America in February 1964. The Maysles follow the Fab Four for five days, from the crazed JFK airport reception to privileged moments inside the Plaza Hotel and on a train to Washington D.C. after
their landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

©1964, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, b/w, 35 mins

Told in the Maysles’ intimatible style, IBM: A Self Portrait captures the future corporate juggernaut at an early stage of their development. The emphasis here is on the human ingenuity behind the technology industry-- the colorful technicians and executives working together to create a future design for living.

©1965, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, b/w, 29 mins

Call it verité performance: Brando is caught in a Method conundrum—expected to play "movie star," he wants to live in the moment. To help his moribund film Morituri (1965), Brando agreed to participate in a marathon, day-long series of filmed interviews with reporters from local TV stations across the country. This mind-boggling event took place at the Hampshire Hotel in New York and was captured on film by the Maysles. The end result is Meet Marlon Brando, one of the star's least-known films where Brando is himself as master of the put-down and prince of biting sarcasm. VIEW TRAILER >

©1965, directed by Albert and David Maysles, 16mm, b/w, 8 mins

Filmed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cut Piece documents one of Yoko Ono’s most powerful conceptual pieces. Performed by the artist herself, Ono sits motionless on the stage after inviting the audience to come up and cut away her clothing in a denouement of the reciprocity between victim and assailant.

©1966, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, b/w, 29 mins

An intimate and candid portrayal of eccentric author and playwright Truman Capote shot during a Newsweek interview following the publication of his literary experiment In Cold Blood. Capote's 'non-fiction novel' recreates the brutal 1959 murder of a Kansas family by two misfits. In a case of art imitating life imitating art, With Love From Truman reflects Capote's desire to produce art through a creative treatment of reality. VIEW TRAILER >

©1968, produced by Michael Mindlin, Jr., filmmakers the Maysles Brothers, 35mm, color,
86 mins

Filmed by the Maysles Brothers, Richard Leacock, and others in a newly peaceful Jerusalem three weeks after the Six Day War, this film follows Leonard Bernstein as he prepares to conduct Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony on Mt. Scopus. Clearly moved to be in the Holy Land, manylyrical montages are cut to the sounds of Bernstein’s rehearsals.

©1968, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, b/w, 91 mins

A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleagured masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.

©1970, directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, color, 90 mins

Called “the greatest rock film of the greatest rock and roll band,” this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour that lead up to the free concert at the Altamont Speedway in San Francisco. Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, the Stones headlined a free concert featuring Ike & Tina Turner, The Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Santana. Concerned about security, members of outlaw biker gang The Hell's Angels were asked to help maintain order. Instead, an atmosphere of fear and dread arose, leading ultimately to the stabbing death of a young, gun toting, fan by a member of the Hell's Angels.

©1973, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ellen Hovde, 16mm, color, 28 mins

The first collaboration between the Maysles Brothers and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and recipient of an Academy Award Nomination, Christo's Valley Curtain celebrates the dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains and the powerful effect it has on a community.

©1974, a film by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, 16mm, color,
53 mins

Televised nationwide as part of the groundbreaking PBS series "Six American Families.", The Burks of Georgia tells the story of three generations of The Burks, a poor white family struggling to feed and clothe thirteen children, living in rural Georgia. VIEW TRAILER >

©1976, a film by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer,
Susan Froemke,16mm, color, 94 mins

Behind the walls of a once-grand East Hampton home, we meet Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter,
“Little Edie” – high society dropouts, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the
decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. A most intimate portrait of
the unexpected, an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Grey Gardens has become a cult classic and
established Little Edie as fashion icon and philosopher queen.

©1978, a film by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin,16mm, color, 58 mins

An engrossing document of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's efforts to build a 24 1/2-mile-long, 18-foot-high fence of white fabric across the hills of northern California. The artists' struggle with local ranchers, environmentalists and state bureaucrats ends when the fence is unfurled, reuniting the community in a celebration of beauty.

©1985, a film by Albert and David Maysles, Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, Patt Jaffe, 88 mins

The world-famous pianist and his wife: private conversations and recital in their New York townhouse. Premiered in Carnegie Hall; two Emmy Awards; honored at Berlin, Rotterdam, Sydney Film Festivals.

©1985, a film by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, 16mm, color, 57 mins

A backstage look at one of classical music's best-known yet least understood figures. Seiji Ozawa, music director of the Boston Symphony since 1973, became the first East Asian to succeed in a quintessentially Western art form. Remaining solidly Japanese in temperament and outlook, Ozawa captures the maestro in and out of performance—challenging the dichotomy of ‘East vs. West’ in his personal and professional life.

©1986, a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, color, 57 mins

A film that further explores the artists' fusion of culture, environment and politics. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's fight for permission to surround eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay with 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric, interwoven with their struggle to wrap the Pont-Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin.

©1987, a film by Albert and David Maysles, Susan Froemke, Charlotte Zwerin, 50 mins

Horowitz explores his latest passion - Mozart - during his first studio recording in over
35 years. Wit, wisdom and a maestro performance. Premiered at New York Film Festival;
Emmy and Sigma Alpha Iota Awards.

©1989, a film by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles, 57 mins

A rare glimpse of great talent. Jessye Norman recording "Carmen" in Paris, under the direction of
Seiji Ozawa: rehearsals, performance, and time-off with friends. Televised worldwide.

©1989, a film by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles, 21 mins

A landmark visit to Japan by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo sing Mozart, Offenbach and Verdi, conducted by Maestros Levine and Rudel.

©1986, a film by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, 16mm, color, 58 mins

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, Christo in Paris explores Christo's escape from Bulgaria, his early years as a struggling artist, his romance with Jeanne-Claude and the fulfillment of a ten-year obsession: the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf in Paris.


©1991, a film by Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb, Albert Maysles, Bob Eisenhardt, 88 mins

The extraordinary homecoming of a musical genius once stripped of his citizenship and now invited back. A film about music, courage and conscience.



©1992, a film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles, 67 mins

An intense exploration of this explosive subject: first-person accounts from people on both sides, from pre-legalization days to the present. VIEW TRAILER >


©1992, a film by Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb, Albert Maysles, Pat Jaffe,78 mins

Opera star Kathleen Battle and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis go baroque. Explorations of 17th century music. National premiere on PBS's Great Performances.

©1994, a film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, Albert Maysles, 56 mins

A dance and musical collaboration unfolds for the New York City Ballet. Original choreography by Peter Martins to an original score by Wynton Marsalis.

©1994, a film by Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren, Albert Maysles, 16mm, color, 81 mins

East and West are brought together through the medium of art: 1,340 blue umbrellas are opened in a rice-farming valley in the Japanese province of Ibaraki, and 1,760 yellow umbrellas across a cluster of cattle ranches in the rolling hills of southern California. A beautiful journey filled with both triumph and tragedy.

©1996, a film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, Albert Maysles, 90 mins

Exploring the taboo subject of death through the stories of three terminally ill hospice patients, their families and their hospice caregivers. Filmed during the last two months of their lives, they share with us their intimate journey into parts unknown.

©1997, a film by Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt, Albert Maysles,100 mins

Chronicles the creation of the Los Angeles Getty Center from architectural blueprints to opening night. The masterwork of architect Richard Meier and directors of the Getty Trust. Commissioned by the Getty Trust.

©2000, a film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, Albert Maysles, 88 mins

Deep into the Mississippi Delta, a great-grandmother struggles to hold her family's world together in the face of dire poverty; and the superintendent of an embattled school system dedicates himself to the challenge of educating the children of illiterate parents.

©2006, a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ian Markiewicz, Beta SP, color, 90 mins

A love letter to the fans of the original film and to the two women at its heart, The Beales of Grey Gardens is drawn entirely from never-before-seen material from the Maysles archive.

©2007, A film by Antonio Ferrara and Albert Maysles

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's art project, February 2005: 7500 gateways gracing the walkways of Central Park, New York City for 16 days of beauty and celebration.

©2007, A film by Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile. Albert Maysles, Filmmaker and Cinematographer. Kristen Nutile, Filmmaker and Editor. Tanja Meding, Producer

Albert Maysles together with Kristen Nutile are working on a 60 min. documentary about the critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer Sally Gross.

©2009, directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, 16mm and HD video, 52 mins

Through the poetic lens of visionary filmmaker Albert Maysles, Muhammad and Larry explores the unique and poignant relationship between two great boxers and two remarkable men who were more than just competitors. They were once teacher and student, and remain close friends.