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Acquainted with the Night (2011)

A journey through an "ideal" night, from sunset to sunrise, revealing the dark beautiful truths and dangerous consequences for a "world that never sleeps".


Michael McNamara
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In the hours between dusk and dawn: 20 million hungry bats, 700,000 watts of light beaming into space, 80,000 flaming rockets, 60,000 drunken club kids, 9,000 cemetery candles, 1000 miles of dark road, 600 desk lamps, 500 red umbrellas.City dwellers are only able to fully appreciate the magic of the night skies during blackouts. Inspired by one-and by Christopher Dewdney's book- filmmaker Michael MacNamara traveled around the world exploring stories of nighttime phenomena, customs and rituals from sunset to sunrise. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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11 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Made me watch the sky...
30 August 2014 | by S-tMGSee all my reviews

At first, I thought Acquainted with the Night is mainly about the wonders of the night sky in an astrological sense of the matter. But after few minutes into the film, I was faced with sincere and personal experiences and encounters with the night from different people all around the world ranging from professional night activities to ancient traditions. The night sky for human race through the years was always a mysterious yet spiritual, a macabre yet fascinating concept and the Documentary beautifully shows how mankind have managed to overcome this instinctive feeling of unease caused by the absence of light and become Acquainted with the Night.

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