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4.1
377 Ratings

Dark Days

Directed by Marc Singer
United States, 2000
Documentary

Synopsis

The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so-called Freedom Tunnel.

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Dark Days Directed by Marc Singer

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2000 | 3 wins including: Cinematography Award (Documentary)

Independent Spirit Awards

2001 | Winner: Best Documentary

SXSW Film Festival

2000 | Honorable Mention: Senior Programmers' Pick (SXSW Competition Award)

Critics reviews

The problem is Singer has little interest in applying the principles of storytelling to his stylised black-and-white footage. As such, it feels like the patronising beat underlying meandering personal interviews and vignettes is ‘Look! This person is human!’ ‘Guys, guys! So is this person!’ While this might be a helpful lesson to some, viewers already aware that homeless people are, yes, people will find little of substance to take away.
January 23, 2014
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Shot in inky black and white, like a newspaper with graffiti typeface, and accompanied by experimental hip-hop maestro DJ Shadow’s music, the film’s bleak content is smartly aestheticized by these accoutrements, at once strengthening its sense of time and place and making the film more palatable and marketable.
June 27, 2011
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An exemplary work among contemporary U.S. nonfiction features (a genre experiencing its own dark days), Marc Singer’s sole feature to date is as beautiful as it is insightful… Unlike so many recent documentaries that use images only to advance predetermined political arguments, Singer is out to create a distinct atmosphere from his on-the-ground (make that under-the-ground) observation.
May 06, 2011
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