The City Dark (2012)
Average Rating: 6/10
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
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After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, "Do we need the stars?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights - including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning
Jan 18, 2012 Limited
Argot Pictures - Official Site
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An illuminating documentary about what constant exposure to artificial light does to our bodies, our minds and the natural world.
A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark."
Cheney is welcome to his anxiety, but not to the specious science of societal collapse by street lamp.
The failure to mention the environmental consequences of energy overload, even in passing, seems a particularly grievous oversight.
An informative, well-rounded look at light pollution told with a star-gazing enthusiast's passion for his subject.
An eloquent and compelling documentary on the dire effects of light pollution in cities and the spiritual consequences of not being able to see the bright starry sky at night.
...a frustratingly superficial look at a range of topics without making sufficient differentiation between what is established as a fact, what is a working hypothesis, and what is merely speculation ...
The film not only scores on the expected environmentalist level, but also as a more probing examination of the value of "civilization" as commonly understood as based on artificial light.
Documentary on the dangers of artificial light alternates between quirky and profound.
As an effort in civil duty, The City Dark would earn three sturdy stars, but as a film it's lacking.
Crafted as mournful meditation that is both sobering and sublime, personal and global, the doc is a poetic and political challenge to the notion of human progress. And where civilization may have won the battle against primitive life, but lost the war.
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