Corbis Welcomes Legendary Maysles Films as New Footage Partner

New York, NY, June 01, 2008 --( Corbis (, a leading visual media provider for the creative community, today announced that it will begin offering clips from films, outtakes and previously unreleased footage in HD from Maysles Films (, one of America’s most recognized documentary filmmakers. The announcement was made last night during an exclusive screening and book signing of A Maysles Scrapbook: Photographs/Cinemagraphs/Documents with Albert Maysles at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City.

Recognized for making some of the world's best known documentaries and character studies including Gimme Shelter, Meet Marlon Brando, With Love from Truman, Salesman, and Grey Gardens, the Maysles brothers have captivated audiences around the world for more than 50 years.

Corbis is re-mastering many of the films as well as unexpected outtakes and personal footage into high quality HD video that may be licensed quickly and easily through Corbis Motion ( or a Corbis customer service representative. Many of the outtakes were experiments taken during the filming and reveal new insight into the riveting documentaries. Corbis Motion will make several hundred clips from films and footage available for preview on its website over the coming months.

“As a documentarian, my efforts are directed at fostering public discourse and encouraging better understanding of humanity,” said Albert Maysles. “I have spent a lifetime uncovering the power of the truth and romance of discovery, and through this collaboration with Corbis we can happily spread the reach of these works.”

Two of America's foremost non-fiction filmmakers, Albert Maysles and his brother David Maysles (1932-1987) are recognized as pioneers of "direct cinema," the American version of French "cinema verité." They earned their distinguished reputations by being the first to make non-fiction feature films that capture the complexity of human life without scripts, sets or narration.

"The Maysles are simply among the most talented American documentarians and have given the world an unforgettable cultural legacy," said Skip d'Amico, Director of Motion, Corbis. "The addition of this work speaks to the quality, sophistication and uniqueness of the Corbis Motion collection."

Clips from the films will be available for both editorial and commercial use. All uses will require appropriate rights clearances, which can be handled by Corbis Rights Services.

Among the films to be re-mastered over the next 24 months are Meet Marlon Brando, With Love from Truman, Salvador Dali’s Fantastic Dream, Psychiatry in Russia, Showman, McGovern, Russian Close Up, Orson Welles in Spain, Salesman, Umbrellas and Grey Gardens.

About Corbis
Corbis is a leading visual media provider for the creative community, licensing the widest array of award-winning contemporary, historical and entertainment photography as well as extensive collections of acclaimed illustration and footage. Its imagery is seen everyday around the world in advertising, media, publishing and corporate communications. Corbis is headquartered in Seattle with 15 offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia that serve more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

About Maysles Films
Maysles Films has been the leading force in non-fiction film since the 1960's. Brothers Albert and David Maysles defined the modern documentary genre itself with the creation of a new approach to filmmaking known as Direct Cinema, a riveting, non-intervening view of life as it unfolds before the camera's eye. Their films, Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976) stand as acknowledged landmarks in the realm of documentary feature films. Maysles Films, Inc. has conceived and produced more than three dozen films, commissioned and non-commissioned. Their inspiration is forever derived from the drama and truth of the human experience.


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