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Day for Night (1973)

Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, more...
Director: François Truffaut, François Truffaut
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Foreign, France
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine was director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with "Meet Pamela"'s overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. One of the central actresses is continually drunk due to family problems, while the other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead (Truffaut regular Jean-Pierre Leaud) starts to act erratically when his intermittent romance with the fickle script girl begins to fail. In addition to all this personal drama, the film is besieged by technical problems, from difficult tracking shots to stubborn animal actors. The inspiration for future satires of movie-making from Living in Oblivion to Irma Vep, La nuit américaine was considered slight by some critics in comparison to earlier Truffaut masterworks, but it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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A reel film lesson by ABrooks August 23, 2004 - 3:35 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
"Day for Night" is a great movie and a joy to watch. It takes place on the set of a fake film called "Meet Pamela" and takes us on an enjoyable trip through movie making.This should be required viewing for all would be flm makers. It made fun of the industry without belittleing it. A nice switch from some of the Hollywood films who attempted this with less luck. A movie that comes to mind as a comparison is Mametts "State and Maine". DAvid Mamett simply made a mockery of the industry, where Truffaut showed gracefully what it takes to make a movie.
The movie also has some fun insights into "movie magic". Answer's to the question "How'd they d that?" It's fun. The scene where they try to get the kitten to "act" is simply perfect.
This is a highly enjoyable cinematic gem.

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