In Transit ★★★★½

When documentary legend Albert Maysles died in March, his loss hit with the same immediacy that defined his work (the most famous of which he made with his late brother David). In Transit is enduring proof that the iconic director of vérité masterpieces like Salesman and Grey Gardens left behind even more than we first realized. Immediately joining the ranks of cinema’s most bittersweet swansongs, this gentle but (literally) moving doc takes us along for a ride on the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s busiest long-distance route. Embedding themselves on the colossal steel corridor as it snakes its way through the heart of the country from the Pacific Northwest to Chicago, Maysles and his collaborators acquaint themselves with a cross-section of passengers from all walks of life.

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