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Moonlight & Movies: Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers

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  • Revisit 1960s New York through the eyes of legendary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles as part of our outdoor film screening series, Moonlight & Movies.

    As early creators of direct cinema, the Maysles brothers were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera without scripts, sets, or narration. This screening features four of the Maysles’ iconic shorts, including a radical Yoko Ono performance at Carnegie Hall, a portrait of an ascendant IBM, a drop-in visit with Truman Capote at his Long Island retreat, and an indelible encounter with Marlon Brando in a Midtown hotel room. Together, these films capture both the official history and something else: the unguarded moments and unscripted gestures that are the true warp and woof of a historical scene.

    IBM: A Self-Portrait (1964, 35 min)
    Cut Piece (1966, 8 min)
    With Love from Truman (1966, 29 min)
    Meet Marlon Brando (1966, 29 min)

Museum of the City of New York
  • 1220 Fifth Ave.
  • Manhattan, NY 10029