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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dani ...
Alexandra Stewart ...
Stacey
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Alexandre
Jean Champion ...
Bertrand, le producteur
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Alphonse (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
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Nike Arrighi ...
Odile, la maquilleuse
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Maurice Seveno ...
Le reporter TV
David Markham ...
Dr. Michael Nelson
Bernard Menez ...
Bernard, l'accessoiriste
Gaston Joly ...
Lajoie, le régisseur
Zénaïde Rossi ...
Madame 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

7 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Day for Night  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,808 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

François Truffaut's reason for his character Ferrand wearing a hearing-aid (while never clearly defined as deaf) is partly expressed in a voice-over mentioning a film director is the person everyone in the crew has a question to ask. In later interviews, Truffaut explained the best way he could find to ignore some of those questions was to pass for someone hard of hearing. See more »

Goofs

When Ferrand is talking to Julie in her room, his left ear appears without a hearing aid for a second. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Alphonse: Are women magic?
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »

Connections

Version of The Stunt Man (1980) 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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