Dark Days

Dark Days (2000) movie poster

(2000) dir. Marc Singer
viewed: 01/25/04

I had been somewhat interested in seeing this film when it was playing in theaters a couple of years ago, but never got around to it. I guess that I have been on a bit of a documentary binge of late for home viewing, so I have been playing catch-up with documentaries like this.

Dark Days is actually a very elegantly filmed documentary, shot all in black and white, largely in the darkness of the subway and other train tunnels in New York City which a certain group of homeless people made into their homes. The film actually documents the end of an era for this particular way of life, and it has largely fairly surprisingly happy endings (as far as the film tracks the tunnels’ denizen.)

Largely, it’s an interesting humanistic series of portraits of these homeless people, who have erected homes in the dark, dank, vermin-infested darkness of these subway tunnels. Mostly, they are very functional people, who have eked out an existance in a very inhospitible place. It’s a very marginalized culture and, interestingly, one that has been in existence for 20 years.


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