Ellen Hovde, Muffie Myer, and Susan Foemke on documentaries


Three women who had edited one of the Maysles brothers‘ documentaries and further established the art of cinema vérité talk briefly about the challenges and philosophy of editing Grey Gardens or a documentary of such nature.

Albert Maysles passed away on March 5, 2015. He along with his brother David were the pioneers of the cinema vérité documentary filmmaking, which paved the way for much of how documentaries and films are made today.

Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries – Part II


In part two of this awesome, and informative selection of comments from cinema vérité filmmakers – Charlotte Zwerin takes center stage to talk about certain philosophies and editing.

Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries

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The Maysles brothers were huge proponents of Cinéma vérité documentary filmmaking. Some of their most critically acclaimed documentaries are Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens. As a piece of trivia, in preparation for last year’s film Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik would watch Salesman. Below you will hear both Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin – close collaborator on other documentaries and editor – talk about one of such cinema verite offerings, and dissect the specifics of shooting and editing such a piece.

Arthur Cantrill discusses Dziga Vertov


“Our eyes see very little and very badly – so people dreamed up the microscope to let them see invisible phenomena; they invented the telescope…now they have perfected the cinecamera to penetrate more deeply into the visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten.”

Here I’ve put together a comp of Arthur Cantrill’s commentary for A Man with a Movie Camera (later I’m going to do one with Yuri Tsivian’s comments)

Dziga Vertov was one of the first pioneers of montage and cinematic language in general, along with Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Kuleshov. This is a screen-specific video along with Cantrill’s insights into the philosophy of Vertov and his theoretical writings.

Vertov’s theories have largely inspired the French Cinéma vérité documentary movement, but not limited to.

If you have not seen A Man with a Movie Camera you can watch it below with The Cinematic Orchestra score