The Gates (2007)

ANTONIO FERRERA, ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, MATTHEW PRINZING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Maysles Films.  Cinematography by Antonio Ferrara, Albert Maysles, Karola Ritter.  Produced by Antonio Ferrara, Maureen A. Ryan, Vladimir Yavachev.  Film Editing by Antonio Ferrara, Matthew Prinzing. Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s completed projects always found their way to reality a long…

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Umbrellas (1994)

HENRY CORRA, ALBERT MAYSLES, GRAHAME WEINBREN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Maysles Films.  Cinematography by Robert Leacock, Don Lenzer, Albert Maysles, Richard Pearce, Robert Richman, Gary Steele. Produced by Henry Corra, Deborah Dickson.  Music by Phillip Johnston.  Film Editing by Sakae Ishikawa, Grahame Weinbren. Two valleys in two different countries are the…

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Christo In Paris (1990)

DEBORAH DICKSON, SUSAN FROEMKE, ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.  Produced by Susan Froemke.  Music by Wendy Blackstone.  Film Editing by Deborah Dickson.  Toronto International Film Festival 1991. “Why is everything so political?” asks an exasperated Jeanne-Claude, the partner and, for all intents…

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Running Fence (1977)

ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, CHARLOTTE ZWERIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1977.    Cinematography by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.   Music by Jim Dickinson.   Film Editing by Charlotte Zwerin.   Conceptual artist and fabric sculptor extraordinaire Christo conceives of a project to erect a 24 mile long, 18 high fabric fence across northern California, which…

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Six In Paris (1965)

CLAUDE CHABROL, JEAN ROUCH, JEAN DOUCHET, JEAN-LUC GODARD, JEAN-DANIEL POLLET, ERIC ROHMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Paris vu Par… France, 1965.  Les Filmes du Cypres, Les Films du Losange.  Screenplay by Claude Chabrol, Jean Douchet, Jean-Luc Godard, Georges Keller, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Eric Rohmer, Jean Rouch.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros, Etienne Becker, Alain Levant, Albert Maysles, Jean Rabier.  Produced…

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Monterey Pop (1968)

D.A. PENNEBAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1968.  Cinematography by Nick Doob, Barry Feinstein, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, D.A. Pennebaker.  Produced by Lou Adler, John Phillips.  Film Editing by Nina Schulman.   Superb concert film that flows beautifully from beginning to end with the sounds of some really great music. Producer Lou Adler and members of the…

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Grey Gardens (1975)

ELLEN HOVDE, ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, MUFFIE MEYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1975.  Portrait Films.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.  Produced by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.  Film Editing by Susan Froemke, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer.   Is it possible that the old adage that “truth is stranger than fiction” could be better proved anywhere else than in…

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Salesman (1969)

ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, CHARLOTTE ZWERIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1969.  Maysles Films.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles.  Produced by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.  Film Editing by David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin.   The Maysles Brothers have made some of the best documentaries ever committed to film, and this is one of their finest achievements. It follows four travelling salesman…

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Gimme Shelter (1970)

ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, CHARLOTTE ZWERIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1970.  Maysles Films, Penforta.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Gary Weis.  Produced by Ronald Schneider.  Film Editing by Joanne Burke, Robert Farren, Ellen Giffard, Kent McKinney.   Often labeled the greatest rock and roll film of all time and it is easy to see why. Woodstock, Monterey…

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The Beales Of Grey Gardens (2006)

ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Maysles Films.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles.  Produced by Kim Hendrickson, Tanja Meding.  Film Editing by Ian Markiewicz.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.   More nuttiness from the Beales gals, Big and Little Edie, as the Maysles Brothers return to one of their biggest successes for a follow-up. In the decades…

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When We Were Kings (1996)

LEON GAST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Das Films, David Sonenberg Production, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti, Paul Goldsmith, Kevin Keating, Albert Maysles, Roderick Young.  Produced by Leon Gast, Taylor Hackford.  Film Editing by Leon Gast, Taylor Hackford, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Keith Robinson.  Academy Awards 1996.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996. New York Film Critics Awards 1996.  …

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Jimi Plays Monterey (1986)

D.A. PENNEBAKER, CHRIS HEGEDUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1986.  Are You Experienced?, Pennebaker Films.  Cinematography by Nick Doob, D.A. Pennebaker, Barry Feinstein, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, Nicholas T. Proferes.  Produced by Alan Douglas.  Film Editing by David Dawkins, Alan Douglas, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker.  Toronto International Film Festival 1986.   Jimi Hendrix’s marvelous performance at the 1967…

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