The City Dark Review: I Don't Think This Is What Carl Sagan Meant By "It's Better To Light A Candle Then To Curse The Darkness"

By Seth Freilich | Film | March 16, 2011 | Comments ()

By Seth Freilich | Film | March 16, 2011 |


The doc also looks a little at why humanity has this needs to add more light, and how some folks are trying to meet these needs while also minimizing the impact on the sky and the environment. Ultimately, The City Dark tries to cover a lot of ground and winds up suffering as a result, feeling a bit underdeveloped. The problem that The City Dark tries to address is an important one, and the film does a decent job of exploring this problem, but the breadth of topics covered, which should make the doc feel rich, actually winds up making it rather flat. It's not a bad documentary, it's just that it would probably work better as a documentary series, with four or five longer documentary shorts. And to my disappointment and dismay, no Strangers ever show up in the documentary.

The City Dark had its world premiere at South By Southwest 2011.


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