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.
Disc One - Dark Days - Audio Commentary with Director Marc Singer; ; Disc Two - ; Deleted Scenes; The Making of Dark Days (2000), Interviews with Marc Singer, DJ Shadow; The Tunnel Today - Director Marc Singer Revisits the Tunnel in 2011; Fragile Dwelling - an all-new photo essay featuring photographs by Margarget Morton; ; Dark Days Design - a look at the typography with Jay Hillyer; ; Life After the Tunnel - An Update on the Residents; ; Introduction with former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Q&A with Singer and Executive Director of Coalition for the Homeless Mary E. Brosnahan at the Maysles Cinema in 2011; ; Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc #1 -- Dark Days - Main Feature Play Film Chapters Set Up Audio Options Stereo 5.1 Audio Commentary With Director Marc Singer Subtitles English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: On English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Off Extra Features Audio Commentary With Director Marc Singer (2000): On/Off Oscilloscope Releases Trailers Dark Days Gunnin' For That #1 Spot No Impact Man Beautiful Losers Exit Through The Gift Shop Disc #2 -- Dark Days: Extra Features Extra Features Deleted Scenes Ralph's Cousin Play Tommy And Shim Play Ralph's Toilet Play Clarence And Greg - Rat Shit Play Henry's Hands Play Ralph's Haircut Play Julio And Lee's Rat Play Tommy And Henry Painting Play Clarence And Greg Play Ronnie And His Carts Play Tommy And Welfare Play Ronnie: Clever, Cool, And Calm Play Brian: Two Sides Play Clarence And Danny Play Jose Moving Out Play The Making Of Dark Days Play The Tunnel Today Play Fragile Dwelling Play Dark Days Title Design Life After The Tunnel Q&A At Maysles Cinema Play Original Theatrical Trailer
Dark Days 4.8 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed this movie and found your interest peaked, try reading "The Mole People" by Jennifer Toth.
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