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Nov. 4, 2003 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Legends of documentary film visit University

Two of the most important American documentary film makers of the modern era will be speaking at the University of Chicago. On Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m., the Film Studies Center will present An Evening With Albert Maysles.

A legend of documentary film, Albert Maysles is renowned for revolutionizing the medium in the 1960s as one of the pioneers of the "direct cinema" approach. Rejecting conventional documentary practices like explicit narration, interviewing subjects, and staging events, Maysles and his collaborators (most notably his late brother David) advocated a more spontaneous approach. Works like Primary (1960), Salesman (1969), and Grey Gardens (1970) reveal the drama of the ordinary, the eloquence of the candid with remarkable force. The Maysles Brothers' cinema verité technique vividly captured the symbolic end of the 1960s in Gimme Shelter, a chronicle of the Rolling Stones 1969 tour, culminating in the disastrous Altamont Speedway free concert. By using lightweight, handheld cameras and sound equipment, Maysles and his contemporaries were able to convey the experiences of their subjects with surprising intimacy. Maysles will speak and show clips from his films at the Film Studies Center with a question and answer session to follow.

For more information on this program please contact Film Studies Center 773-702-8596 or see our website at

And on December 3, Errol Morris, director of the acclaimed new documentary The Fog of War, as well as The Thin Blue Line, Mr. Death and Gates of Heaven, will be coming to campus as the Nuveen Visiting Filmmaker at the University of Chicago. He will give a public lecture at 4 p.m. in the Max Palevsky Cinema. Morris' visit is the first in what will be a series of visits by prominent filmmakers underwritten by Nuveen and sponsored on campus by the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies.

For more information on this event please contact Ron Gregg, Director of Programming for Cinema and Media Studies, at
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