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The sensitivity required in making documentaries


Hell's Angels, David Maysles and the leather jacket
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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As we were about to leave my brother got caught in a conversation with them and they began to beat up on him. Not from anything he'd said but- just what it was I don't know. It wasn't anything rational. And I got into a conversation with one of the Hell's Angels who had a, had a very neat jacket- leather jacket- which I envied. And I said where did you get the jacket. He said- oh, my girlfriend made it for me. And he said- but maybe she can make one for you if you'll give me your address. And with the news that I'd already had about my brother's being beaten I, I was quite hesitant to, to give him my address. And so we left it at that and, and left as quickly as we could.

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: Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz Rebekah Maysles

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.

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.

Tags: Hell's Angels, David Maysles

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008