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A Day in the Death of Donny B. (1969)

| Short, Drama | 1969 (USA)
A heroin junkie goes looking for money for his next fix in Harlem, New York City.





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Harlem, New York City. Donny B has an expensive intravenous drug habit which he cannot afford. To support that habit, he has to rely on stealing, cheating and lying. As the viewer watches Donny B on his daily routine to get that next fix, those that know him and know people like him provide commentary on this destructive life, that destructiveness both to the drug user himself and to those who are affected by his dealings. Those providing commentary include friends, acquaintances, people in authority and his victims, unwitting or somewhat complicit. Written by Huggo

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A Day in the Death of Donny B.
Written by Harry Holt
Performed by Harry Holt
[The movie's theme song performed throughout the entire production]
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Making the Point
28 June 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

With its droning musical score, over-saturated sound track and ugly visuals, this anti-drug Public Service short emphasizes the ugliness of narcotics addiction in a cinematically telling manner that was, alas, probably wasted on its intended audience..

Cameraman Harold Grier hasn't had much of a career in the movies. He seems to have been a successful wedding photographer, judging by what I can find on the Internet. However, he has a very telling way of shooting zoomed long shots that focus on his subject -- the eponymous Donny B -- in tight focus; however, the framing of image is deliberately off, reducing Donny B to to an ugly participant in an ugly world.

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