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The great documentarian Albert Maysles’s (Grey GardensGimme Shelter) latest film is about fashion and interior design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of career popularity enjoyed on the heels the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2006 exhibition “Rare Bird of Fashion” featuring her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles, himself 89, who pops up from time to time as a cheerful on-camera presence, follows Iris as she makes selections for the touring exhibition, advises young women on their fashion choices, and bargains with store owners, usually in the company of her husband of 66 years, Carl, now 100. In all, testimony that creativity knows no age.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Albert Maysles

Christo’s Valley Curtain

Christo and Jean Claude’s first monumental landscape project in the West was made of nine tons of orange nylon polymide fabric. The Valley Curtain stretched a quarter-mile and 365 feet above Rifle Gap, Colorado. Although it was up for only a day, skeptical locals, including baffled iron workers who strung its four steel cables, gained

Running Fence

Some fences unite and inspire rather than divide. The Maysles’ engrossing documentary chronicles the four-year realization of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s spectacular 24 1/2-mile-long, 18-foot-high fence of white fabric running across the hills of northern California. The artists’ epic struggle with local ranchers, environmentalists, and state bureaucrats ends when the fence is unfurled, reuniting the community

In Transit

The final, fitting film of documentary legend Albert Maysles, In Transit, journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Unfolding as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, we are swept into a fleeting community that