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Albert Maysles Double Bill

Responding to popular demand-- two sold-out screenings-- EIFF presents a double bill of the documentaries Grey Gardens and Salesman on Saturday, August 27, at 14:30 in the Filmhouse. Tickets are avail...

Responding to popular demand-- two sold-out screenings-- EIFF presents a double bill of the documentaries Grey Gardens and Salesman on Saturday, August 27, at 14:30 in the Filmhouse. Tickets are available from the Filmhouse Box Office.

Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, along with his late brother David, is credited with creating ‘direct cinema,’ a movement in which actions and events unfold on camera without interference or instigation from the filmmakers.

"The natural disposition of the camera is to seek out reality,” Maysles has said, and over the years the Maysles’ camera recorded reality that was often stranger than fiction.

Grey Gardens offers a look into the eccentric lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, aunt and first cousin respectively, to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Living in (somewhat) dignified squalor at a crumbling mansion in the Hamptons, the two women cavort for the camera in an electrified madness, surrounded by cats, racoons, and a lifetime of memories.

An undisputed classic of direct cinema, Salesman follows the harried lives of four door-to-door Bible salesmen. Nicknamed for their particular selling style— The Bull, The Badger, The Rabbit— we watch as the four ply their trade from wintry Massachusetts to sunny Florida.  In 1969, the days of the travelling salesman were numbered and although these men are unaware of it, the film captures them on the eve of their obscurity. Chosen in 1992 as one of the 25 Top American Films by the US Library of Congress.

The Info:

Albert Maysles Double Bill,
Saturday, August 27th at 14:30 in the Filmhouse
There will be a ten minute intermission between films.

Price: £10 (£7 Concession)
For tickets please contact the Filmhouse Box Office, 88 Lothian Road, 0131 623 8030

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