Daybreak Express

Posted on March 1, 2011

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Pennebaker’s Daybreak Express (1953)  is a great example of a non-narrative film. The film is cut to a soundtrack of a Duke Ellington song, and uses the motion of the camera and the background noises, along with the lighting to show the noise and bustle of a city that people sometimes fail to notice. The shots seem to be taken from the eyes of a quiet observer, who watches daybreak in this city.

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