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Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Marc Singer

Star:

Marc Singer
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Marc Singer ... Himself
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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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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Imeres sto skotadi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,039, 3 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$426,687, 6 May 2001
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Picture Farm See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Singer employed his friends in the tunnels as his crew. Singer claims that these people, with no prior experience in filmmaking whatsoever, were incredible in their ability to set up lighting rigs, dollies, and electrical wiring, mostly without the use of tools or real grip equipment. To make the dolly for tracking shots, Singer and his carpenter built a rig made out of wood and metal scraps. Without a power drill, they would heat a metal rod and 'singe' a hole into the wood to put a screw or dowel in for fixture. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight In A Perfect World
Performed by DJ Shadow
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god bless the homeless
11 April 2001 | by bedazzleSee all my reviews

This movie hits upon all the emotional movers: laughter, sadness, regret, hope. The alternative life style is like you've never seen or heard or could have understand through the usual stereotypes. The screen shots are well captured and the music of dj shadow neatly completes the puzzle.

The only part I didn't enjoy was the ending. Not that I have anything against those sorts of endings, but as Marc Singer himself told me after the movie, it was unrealistic. It was only possible because of the negative press associated with the issue and the particular homeless of the film. An all-too-real look into american subcultures shouldn't stray into fantasy in the end. I would have lengthened the beginning and middle, and simply left out the ending. BUT, the movie was still great, 9 of 10.


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