In Transit

The last film from documentary giant Albert Maysles.

NR, 80 minutes

Post-show Q&A feat. Austin McCann (The Art Theater’s Artistic Director)

The last film from documentary giant Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Salesman, Iris) is guaranteed to lower your misanthropy by 300%. In Transit journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Captured in the tradition of Direct Cinema, the film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes and dreams. In the space between stations, where ‘real life’ is suspended, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers, and where a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation and community develops. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation, to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know. (2017, Albert Maysles/Lynn True/David Usui/Nelson Walker/Ben Wu, US, 78 min, NR, DCP)

90% consensus on Metacritic —

“Delightful at times and always insightful, In Transit contains a range of emotions and characters rarely seen, even in the best of narrative cinema.” -The Film Stage

“Alternately funny, touching, tough and hopeful, In Transit never tells you how to feel, but it sure makes it easy to feel it.” -Time Out New York

“The film is gently thrilling, often revealing, alive with talk and scenic beauty and well-observed vignettes.” -Village Voice

“Here’s a summer movie that is about — and offers — escape.” -The New York Times

“The movie is a throwback to an earlier era of documentaries, when filmmakers did not feel obligated by commercial pressure to give their film the shape of a thriller, a sports film, a mystery or anything else, but instead simply brought their cameras into people’s lives.”

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