Wednesday, October 22nd
Rumble in the Jungle - Rare outtakes
Dir. Albert Maysles
1974, 45 min.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rumble in the Jungle, a historic boxing showdown in Kinshasa that pitted Mohammed Ali against undefeated heavyweight champ George Foreman. The event, bankrolled by Zaire's dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, drew celebrities, musicians, and press from around the world. Filmmaker Albert Maysles was there to film the build-up to the fight, and has generously shared footage from his personal archive for a one-time special screening.
Followed by post-screening discussion with filmmaker Albert Maysles
Albert Maysles is a pioneer of Direct Cinema who was, along with his late brother David, the first to make nonfiction feature films, where the drama of life unfolds as is without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. Albert made his first film, Psychiatry in Russia (1955), as he transitioned from psychologist to filmmaker. Among his more than 40 films are some of the most iconic works in documentary history, including Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens.
More recently, Albert directed the award-winning film, Muhammad and Larry (2009) for ESPN's 30 for 30, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (2009), and reunited with Paul McCartney for The Love We Make (2011).
Albert has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Peabody Awards, three Emmy Awards, six Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Columbia DuPont Award, and the award for best cinematography at Sundance for Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001), which was also nominated for an Academy Award. Eastman Kodak has saluted him as one of the world's 100 finest cinematographers. This year Albert received the National Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.