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

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  7 September 1973 (USA)
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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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Jean Champion ...
Bertrand, le producteur
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Graham Greene ...
L'assureur anglais
David Markham ...
Doctor Nelson
Bernard Menez ...
Bernard, l'accessoiriste
Nike Arrighi ...
Odile, la maquilleuse
Gaston Joly ...
Lajoie, le régisseur
Xavier Saint-Macary ...
Christian (as Xavier Macary)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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$17,808 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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When the director and the producer are browsing promotional photographs of the English actress, the actual name of "Jacqueline Bisset" can be briefly seen at the bottom of one of the photographs. See more »

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Julie: Liliane ran off with the stuntman.
Joelle: Does Alphonse know?
Julie: I had to tell him.
Joelle: With the stuntman? I'd drop a guy for a film. I'd never drop a film for a guy!
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A close and intriguing look at the film-making process
20 December 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

François Truffaut's La Nuit Américaine is one of the most remarkable achievements in the "film within the film" genre. The movie stars Truffaut himself (who else could possibly play the role?) as Ferrand, an experienced director who's working on a new feature, "Je vous prèsente Pamela" (I introduce Pamela), and La Nuit Américaine showcases the difficulties of the production: props not working, actors struggling to memorize their lines, crew members leaving the project and scenes that have to be shot various times before Ferrand nails them (the "bad actor-cat" scene is a must-see). You know the bloopers that are sometimes included on the DVDs? Same thing, only funnier. Truffaut is brilliant in showing how different an actor can be from his on-screen persona (Jean-Pierre Léaud is outstanding as selfish, spoiled Alphonse), the cast and crew's private lives affecting or being affected by the making of the film, and how the slightest detail can change an otherwise foolproof schedule.

The most intriguing aspect of this movie, however, is perhaps the autobiographical elements the director has added: it basically sums up Truffaut's entire career, with references to his previous masterpieces (Léaud's presence being the most obvious one), and he has clearly based the character of Ferrand on himself (the flashback with the then 9-year old film lover stealing pictures of Citizen Kane is pure movie magic). He fascinates us so much we don't immediately realize the film was made under the same circumstances as the fictitious flick the characters are trying to achieve.

A flawless love letter to cinema, La Nuit Américaine should be on everyone's must-see list. Thirty years on, it has lost none of its appeal.


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