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Day for Night (1973)
"La nuit américaine" (original title)

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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

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Bertrand
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Stacey
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English Insurance Broker
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Doctor Nelson
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Bernard the Prop Man
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Odile
Gaston Joly ...
Lajoie
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Storyline

The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of en English married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband. Will be simultaneously shown the shooting, the behavior of the people (including the technical team) on the set, and a part of their private life (a factor of complication)... Written by Yepok

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A movie for people who love movies.

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7 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,808 (USA) (25 July 1997)

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$17,808 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Trivia

As the director Ferrand (Francois Truffaut) and the Cinematographer Walter (Walter Bal) are looking over promo stills of Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset), one remarks that he remembers her "from that movie with the car chase". This is an inside reference to the fact that five years earlier Bisset played the role of Steve McQueen's girlfriend in Bullitt (1968), a film featuring a groundbreaking car chase. See more »

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During the swimming pool scene, the shadow of the real crew and camera crane fall several times on parts of the set where action is going on in the film within the film. See more »

Quotes

Bertrand: The way to make money is in real estate, not movies!
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This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »

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The reality of illusion
30 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

La Nuit américaine (1973) or Day for Night as it's also known, is a classic film about making films. Whereas Fellini's 8 1/2 focuses on the inner creative process of the film director, Day for Night focuses on the practical details of physically making the film. We see the often absurd process Ferrand (the director played by director Francois Truffaut) and crew engage in to create a film.

The director must constantly answer questions about every detail of props, sets, camera, lighting, costumes and at the same time engage in a constant delicate negotiation with the actors. In one scene Ferrand is frustrated as he tries to direct a cat: "Listen, it's very simple. We'll stop and begin shooting again when you find me a cat who knows how to act!" Ferrand tells the actors whatever they need to hear to keep them going. He strokes some egos and treat others as children as he negotiates the turmoil of their personal lives when it affects their performance in the film. The whole process of making the film is a controlled chaos with many details and even the story constantly changing. Towards the end of the making of the film, one of the actors die, making it necessary to do a last-minute re-write. Day for Night is an entertaining film that shows the good, the bad and the ugly of making a film. While the technology and process has changed a bit since this film was made, the core of the story is as relevant today as it was then.


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