Dark Days / Marc Singer: minimalist aesthetic for invisible suffering/*
September 20th, 2010
Singer’s documentary Dark Days about the homeless men and women living in an abandoned section of the New York subway in the 90s has the stark, stunning beauty of flashlights and engulfing shadows passing over shards of human life, sheds, garbage and rats, tagged walls, camping stoves and personalities defined by grit, humor, horror and a trace of romanticism.
Shot single-handedly by Singer, who lived for two years with his subjects – who also by default constituted the film’s crew – Dark Days is a document of life in black in white, where the bleakness and harshness of this world of shadows can also take on the stillness and possibility of a womb, a thread of existence shot through with pain but also with unknowns, flickering like the trains that repeatedly interrupt the film.
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