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Maysles, David Carllocked

(10 January 1932–03 January 1987)
  • Carolyn Anderson


Maysles, David Carl (10 January 1932–03 January 1987), documentary filmmaker, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Philip Maysles, a postal clerk, and Ethel Epstein, a grammar school teacher. Maysles spent his childhood in Dorchester, a working-class, predominantly Irish-Catholic Boston neighborhood. Both his parents had immigrated to the United States from Russia as young children and were devoted to American ideals of upward mobility. His mother had been one of the “Saturday Evening Girls,” a group of immigrant children given a classical education in the arts, sponsored by a Boston philanthropist. Ethel Maysles’s devotion to the arts exerted a lifelong influence on her two sons and a daughter. In 1939 the Maysles family moved to Brookline, a middle-class Boston suburb, where Ethel Maysles became the first Jewish teacher in the community’s public schools....

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