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The experience that began my interest in train journeys


A film about Mark Van Doren and Archibald MacLeish
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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News is always coming in from all kinds of sources of films that I've made. And I, I've made so many films- over three dozen of them- that just last night when I was at a party of the National Arts Club I met a man by the name of Van Doren; and his father, Mark Van Doren, was a famous poet. And he and another famous poet by the name of Archibald MacLeish, in the 60s, they were subjects of a film that my brother and I made of just the two of them. But I, I had forgotten all about that until last night when I met the son- Van Doren's son- who has a copy of the film and, and so I'm going to get it from him, make a copy for myself, and make a DVD for him so that- you know, it goes on. You know ? One of the scenes that I remember was that the two of them in the country house of MacLeish outside of Boston. The two of them took a swim. And I went- it was one of those summer days that we were filming. And they swam in the nude. And as they came out I was filming and it only occurred to me just last night that it never occurred to me at the time, that- to be surprised that they didn't ask, well, how did you film me because I don't want to be- they just took it for granted that I would film them above the waist. And thinking back on it, of course, that's the way I did film it.

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: National Arts Club, Boston, Mark Van Doren, Archibald MacLeish

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008