Monday, June 17, 2024

Tuesday Virus Entertainment: Watch DA Pennebaker’s Great Short Film, “Daybreak Express,” Set to Duke Ellington


Just thinking of my late friend and mentor, DA Pennebaker. He’d like it if we watched “Daybreak Express,” which he shot in 1953 on 16 mm Kodachrome on the now demolished IRT Third Avenue Line (“Third Avenue El”) in New York City. A mini masterpiece.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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