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Daybreak Express (1953)

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

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D.A. Pennebaker

Writer:

D.A. Pennebaker
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Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

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This short documentary is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for The Horse's Mouth (1958), released in 2002. See more »

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Featured in American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) See more »

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Daybreak Experss
Performed and written by Duke Ellington
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Fast Paced, Entertaining, and Fun!
2 September 2015 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

It is a film at only 5 minutes in length, yes, but it is still a great piece of cinema, regardless!

Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker has made 2 of my all time favorite films, "Don't Look Back" and "Monterey Pop", which are both music documentaries. "Daybreak Express" can, arguably, be considered a music documentary, considering almost the entire film includes a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, which flows perfectly with the beautiful imagery of the sights and sounds of city life.

It is an amazing short film, which contains tons of excellent imagery! I'd recommend it to most people, which is a type of recommendation that I've never really given to most experimental film. But, this short is fun and amusing enough to entertain most people, especially those with some minor-major interest in cinema.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1953 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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