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  • Welcome to the official Film/Art Gallery collection of original Albert and David Maysles vintage movie posters from the Maysles brothers' critically acclaimed catalog of documentary film contributions.

    Albert Maysles (born November 26th, 1926) and his brother David Maysles (January 10th, 1931) were an American documentary filmmaking team popular for their work in the Direct Cinema style. Their most famous films include Salesman (1969), Gimme Shelter (1970), and Grey Gardens (1975) which turned Little Edie Beale and Big Edie Beale into icons.

    Albert Maysles originally pursued a career as a researcher and psychology professor. After serving in World War II, Albert received a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in psychology from Boston University. At Boston University he taught psychology for three years, also working as a research assistant at a mental hospital and as head of a research project at Massachusetts General Hospital. As part of the future documentarian's research work, he traveled to Russia to photograph a mental hospital and came back the following year with a camera provided by CBS to film his first documentary, Psychiatry in Russia (1955). CBS did not air the film, but it was televised on NBC, on the public broadcasting station WGBH-TV in Boston, and on Canadian network television.

    At Boston University, David Maysles also studied psychology, receiving a BA. He served in the U.S. Army in West Germany. He was employed as a Hollywood production assistant in the mid-1950s on The Prince and the Showgirl and the Marilyn Monroe film, Bus Stop. David later reported that he grew "disenchanted with conventional filming. The attractiveness dwindled and the filming of take after take had become unexciting." He had teamed up with his brother Albert by 1957 to shoot two documentaries titles Behind the Iron Curtain, Russian Close-Up (credited to Albert Maysles alone) and Youth in Poland, the latter of which was broadcast on NBC.

    The Maysles brothers had joined Drew Associates by 1960, the documentary film company established by photojournalist Robert Drew which also involved Richard Leacock and D. A. Pennebaker. Albert would film, while David would operate sound. During this period, the Maysles brothers worked on Drew Associates films such as Primary and Adventures on the New Frontier. Albert and David left Drew Associates to form their own production company, Maysles Films, Inc in 1962.

    Film/Art Gallery’s collection of original ­­­­Albert and David Maysles movie posters include an English language international lobby card for the legendary Stones documentary/concert film (actual size is 11" x 15"). Also included in the Maysles brothers poster collection is featuring poster artwork for Grey Gardens, the iconic Beale family poverty documentary that became and cult hit and gained massive popularity over the years.

    Film/Art Gallery movie posters are original prints and film poster collectibles. These are original movie posters. We do not carry any movie poster reproductions or reprints of any kind.