Acclaimed feature documentary about one of the many groups of homeless people who live in the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Includes interviews and footage of the tunnels' inhabitants going about their daily lives and features a soundtrack by DJ Shadow.
For two years Marc Singer lived with the people who make their home in the tunnels beneath Penn Station in New York, creating Dark Days, an unflinching portrait of a part of society that is literally and figuratively beneath our notice. "You'd be surprised what the human mind and body can adjust to," says Tito, one of the tunnel dwellers. Along with his neighbours he is homeless, but the tunnels offer them a degree of safety that doesn't exist on the streets above. In this strange place they manage to achieve a remarkable degree of domesticity, building shelters, keeping pets and cooking meals. Singer has an eye for telling images, such as Dee dragging a sofa along the train tracks like Sisyphus rolling his stone in Hell. With its grainy black-and-white photography and haunting soundtrack, this is a surprisingly beautiful film, but it is never sentimental, nor does it try to impose false nobility on its subjects. Dark Days shows a world that we never knew existed, and in this simplicity lies its power. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It's a film about homelessness and homeless people - or rather - it's a film about their world; because extraordinary as it may seem (forgive me, it's been a while since I saw it as my copy was lent out and never returned, so I forget which city it was in - maybe New York?) but in a certain American city - underneath the streets and subway - is a whole other city. A shanty town of cobbled together homes, powered by the current from the perilously close train tracks that run through it and surround it. But these hastily erected huts are still homes. Castles in fact. Places the characters we meet and follow are immensely proud of. Places they've lovingly built and put together over the years, building, improving and adding extensions too, just like us everyday folk, and decorated with what few personal belongings they've gathered together over the years in an effort to salvage some sort life, worth, or dignity, which the world - at first glance - it seems has taken away... or has it?
The people we meet are truly extraordinary, and their stories as inspiring as they are upsetting. From the 17 year child to the oldest and wisest amongst them - Dark Days shines a light on the plight of these people and you realise that 'there but for the grace of God go I' and in fact, far from being above them (as some of us may or may not think) would we manage to cope as well if we were in their boots?Read more ›
The film was shot on a low budget with the homeless actually helping the director - it was his idea to sell the film and help the homeless move out of the tunnel. The black and white film, the amazing soundtrack, the interesting - and sometimes very funny - characters, all combine to create a film with huge atmosphere.
This film is an amazing eye opener - it would be impossible for anyone to watch this film and not be moved by the story told.
As many people as posible should see this film.
If you like hip hop culture, good music and films that leave you thinking rather than blinking see it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great documentary film. Fascinating, dark, stark, bleak with random humourous moments full of characters. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2014 by J. Colvin
Clearly a smoke screen documentry with a ridiculous happy ending for the chosen few. Not informative of what realy goes on.Published on 11 Jan. 2014 by maryanne kiernan
Beautifully shot scenes, awesome documentary. Looks into the insight of the people who lived in this almost shantytown like place under the rails.Published on 21 Aug. 2013 by Tikal999
Director Marc Singer follows a group of people who have made their home in the tunnels beneath Penn Station in New York City, and the results are mesmerising. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2009 by Bug DeLug
As above, I bought this as a DJ Shadow fan mainly to hear the soundtrack but I found the documentary really interesting learning about these guys who live in an underground world,... Read morePublished on 29 May 2008 by Aaron Mulholland