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Darwin and the missing link in film
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Darwin particularly fascinated me and- in search for the missing link, that aspect. So that the last year of High School when I was asked for a quotation for the year book, I was asked what my ambition was and so I said I would like to find the missing link. Well, years later someone commenting on my work as a filmmaker said that the missing link for me was connecting up with a movie camera and reality. Reality in filmmaking was the missing link. And I think that that can be said to be true.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Charles Darwin

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008