Albert Maysles 1926-2015

One of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time died today at the age of 88. A pioneer of the art form, Albert Maysles broke through in the 1960's with his brother David, by championing the style of cinema verite, notably in their 1964 film The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, which in many ways is the real life version of A Hard Day's Night, both in look and style. Other landmark documentaries the brothers produced and directed were Salesman (1968), the famous Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976).

Original 1970 Gimme Shelter Trailer: