Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Albert Maysles on meeting his wife: Did I ever tell you the story of how I met her? With Salesman, we felt we were making a new kind of documentary, and we thought, Oh, all the distributors will want to see this film. But none of them were interested. So we raised enough money to rent a theater and we had a screening and maybe a hundred people showed up. They congratulated me, and when it ended, I noticed there was just one person left in the theater. When she got up to leave, I saw that she had been crying. As she got closer, I saw how attractive she was, and I elbowed my brother and said, "She's for me." That she'd been for me all along. Romance, huh? What's more romantic than the whole process of making a film and, moment to moment, discovering something that you couldn't imagine?