Albert Maysles (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Albert Maysles died on 5 March 2015, but the 88-year-old documentarist bowed out with this masterly portrait of New York fashionista and interior designer Iris Apfel. Although Maysles is allowed to riffle through her Park Avenue closets and accompanies her on shopping trips, this shrewdly observed tribute to an unceasingly individual style icon is also a celebration of the 93-year-old's 67-year marriage to Carl, who turned 100 during the shoot. His 16mm home movies and countless photographs provide a record of Apfel's trademark outfits and the couple's biannual expeditions to all corners of the earth in search of inspiration, materials and artefacts. Amid the wittily wise maxims, Maysles also considers Apfel's restoration work for nine incumbents of the White House, her canny entrepreneurism and her public profile since becoming "an octogenarian starlet". Studded with admirers, this is less freewheelingly vérité than Maysles's best work, but it's every bit as distinctive and delightful as its subject.

Cast & Crew

Iris Apfel Iris Apfel
Director Albert Maysles

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DogwoofReleased on: 31 Jul 2015