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Why we were especially interested in filming Truman Capote


Deciding to film Truman Capote
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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We got a call from public television, it was... the National Educational Television it was called in those days. They said that we're doing a series of films of American writers, three writers, as a matter of fact. Nabokov I recall was one of them, and they had another one that they were about to make. They thought if we could come up with a good idea that we should make one too. So our first thought was well, let's do one of Norman Mailer. And certainly that would be acceptable for subject matter. But Norman, who we knew pretty well, felt that he just wasn't in a mood to do what he called any more advertising for himself. So we didn't press him. And then we heard that Truman Capote was about to publish a non-fiction novel called In Cold Blood. Well, that really was of great interest to us not only because he's such a great writer, but because it was something that we wanted to do.

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 Tamara Tracz Sara Maysles

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.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

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.

Tags: National Educational Television, In Cold Blood, Vladimir Nabokov, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote

Duration: 1 minute, 21 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008