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Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers
 @ the Museum of the City of New York

  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)
  • 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

It has become the stuff of retro consumerism and “Mad Men” shtick, but in the mid-sixties New York City was the cultural capital of the United States, and David and Albert Maysles were among its chief chroniclers. From a radical Yoko Ono performance at Carnegie Hall to a portrait of an ascendant IBM's upstate headquarters, after having just decamped from their Madison Avenue office, to a drop-in visit with Truman Capote at his Long Island retreat, and an indelible encounter with Marlon Brando in a midtown hotel room, these short documents 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.

Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced.

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

Smile, It’s Your Close Up 2: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission.
  • Attention, Maysles Documentary Center members MDC is the code for advance ticketing discount.
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  • Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.