The effects of establishing trust between the documentary filmmaker and the subject of the Maysles films
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This essay is about the methods of the Maysles brothers' documentary filmmaking especially their relationship with their subject. The Maysles brothers consider that establishing a rapport with their subject is essential for their filmmaking, and it makes their films different from others. I will discuss the following three issues in the Maysles' filmmaking. (1) why establishing trust with the subject became significant for the Maysles brothers in the emergence of direct cinema. (2) what the Maysles brothers think about the influence of the camera and filmmaker's presence on their subject, and how the Maysles brothers' presence affects their subject. (3) what the Maysles brothers think of the claims by critics about the exploitation and violation of privacy in their films and how they defend their documentaries. In addition, I discuss how their personal involvement with the subject through building trust works in their documentary films.