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The nonlinear, dreamlike narrative focuses on internal as much as external journeys, with strangers connecting across racial, cultural, and generational divides to express wisdom or compassion.
Mostly people talk. Lovely to look at, "In Transit" is even better to listen to.
At 76 minutes, the movie may seem modest, but there are shades of Jack Kerouac and Studs Terkel in its chronicler's ambitions, and echoes of John Ford in its portrayal of how Americans form communities.
A vivid cross-section of regular folks who all happen to be aboard the Empire Builder, an Amtrak train that makes a three-day journey between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.
The film is gently thrilling, often revealing, alive with talk and scenic beauty and well-observed vignettes.
Sampling snippets and snatches of lives and conversations, Maysles and his fellow filmmakers undertake a folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer.
...a clear-eyed, optimistic, and sincere look at American life.
We see an America in transit as microcosmically depicted in this final work of documentary legend Albert Maysles.
Yet as we the audience settle in for the long journey, as the hours seem to go by, the mostly normal-looking, slightly square-looking people start to open up to the cameras, to tell their life stories.
A small, sparkling, posthumous gem from the dean of American documentary filmmaking.
The absorbing In Transit was the final directing effort by documentary hero Albert Maysles.
The film's thematic organization suggests the cinematic equivalent of a short-story collection, with haunting tangents and stray notes of poetry.
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