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Dark Days (2000)

 -  Documentary  -  9 March 2001 (UK)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

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Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$33,039 (USA) (1 September 2000)

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'Marc Singer' had never been a filmmaker prior to this project. He had moved underground to the tunnels as a lifestyle choice, and when he and his friends were sitting around one night, someone had said, according to Singer, "Hey we should make a film about this," and tell their stories. Singer's original hope was that the film would get some attention and help get the people out of the tunnels and into better, safer places. It did. See more »

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Rare gem...
20 August 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's been told and retold the story of the making of this film, and I won't do that here, but let me just mention that when a documentary so effectively and succinctly captures the vibes of its subjects without either overbearing direction or (the eternally cursed) voice over, it is a good thing. I saw this on the big screen, and part of my love of this film already came from watching it with a group of other people. Situations changed, stories were told. The documentary with a narrative arc and undeniable authenticity is such a rare species. Particularly touching was the presence of dogs proving we are all alike in our need for companionship. Singer doesn't linger too long on one idea and allows the viewer room to exist within the outstanding atmosphere he creates.

Outstanding and impossible to imagine it not having been released properly in Sydney until its now 2 week run.


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