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Filming the funeral of the Vietnam advisor and war


Train stories: George Orwell on the Spanish Civil War
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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There's a book that George Orwell wrote about the Civil War- the Spanish Civil War in the 30s. And there's a scene in that book where a train is pulling into the station and it's loaded with recruits that are on their way to the war- to the front. But there's a moment where there's a train coming back from that front loaded with wounded. And as the two trains pause there's got to be some kind of connection for those who see from one train to the other. I dunno- My mind is open to something like that. Or maybe something quite different from that but having that piece of knowledge of what one can get about trains inspires me all the more to keep my mind open.

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: Spanish Civil War, George Orwell

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008