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Truman Capote and the public's reactions to the film

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Why we were especially interested in filming Truman Capote
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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What particularly appealed to us in the choice of Capote, having discovered that he was to do a non-fiction novel, was that for several years we'd been entertaining the revolutionary idea in documentary filmmaking to make a non-fiction feature film. People had made- as we had too- people had made feature length documentaries but we hadn't heard of anyone making a feature documentary: that is to say, a film that was fully non-fiction but at the same time had the dramatic qualities of, of a work of fiction. And so we were all the more motivated to discover more about his book and to, and to film him. And so we got Capote's number somehow, called him up, and he said- well, if you call Joe Fox at Random House, his editor, that- and if he thinks it's okay then he'll do it. And we were very lucky when we called Joe Fox, he knew our films and was heartily in support and told Truman that we were okay and we went ahead and made the film.

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: Tamara Tracz Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles

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.

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: Random House, Truman Capote, Joe Fox

Duration: 1 minute, 42 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008