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Los Angeles — Filmmakers love to make movies about making movies. Yes, it is a navel-gazing business, but crafting films about this craft is one more means of self-expression. We've seen several emerge this year alone, including the likely Oscar contender "Argo." And this week we have "Hitchcock," about the making of "Psycho," starring Anthony Hopkins as the master director.

So here's a look at five great movies about movies. We could have picked 10 and not even scratched the surface of this subject. And ... action:

_ "Day for Night" (1973): This is the first film I thought of when I began pondering this subject. Simultaneously educational and hugely entertaining, it's about the nuts and bolts of moviemaking – the title comes from the technique of shooting a nighttime scene during the day – as well as the fleeting sense of family that forms on a film set. Francois Truffaut obviously has great love for »

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