Dark DaysDirector: Marc Singer
Cast: Marc Singer
Novice filmmaker Marc Singer lived in the bowels of a midtown Manhattan railway station for two years to shoot this harrowing account of the day-to-day existence of the homeless. Shot in noirish black and white, Singer shows how society's discarded and disenfranchised fashion a community of sorts in the sunless labyrinth of the station's transit tunnels. Though told without narration, a dozen or so individual stories emerge. Dee (the sole woman depicted in the film) lost all her children in a house fire while she was high on crack; Ralph remains inconsolable after his five-year old's rape and mutilation during a stint in prison. In the final reel, Amtrak sends in armed police to clean out the tunnels, citing health concerns. However, the subterranean tenets happen upon a stroke of luck, as an NYC social worker discovers a cache of previously unclaimed public housing. Featuring a sparse soundtrack by DJ Shadow, Dark Days won the Grand Jury prize for cinematography, the Freedom of Expression award, and an audience award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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- Lions Gate
- [B&W, Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Marc and his crew did a fantastic job. They captured the nitty gritty of the time and personalities of the homeless pictured.I loved the lighting and the way they didn't try to sugar coat their lives.Great film-making.
After a recommendation from a friend I picked this up. I was unprepared for the humanity that showed through the ''darkness''. The characters were surprisingly well-developed. This movie is for someone who believes that most people are basically good, some with bad circumsatances, who need a hand up.
If you enjoyed this movie and found your interest peaked, try reading "The Mole People" by Jennifer Toth.