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Day for Night (1973)

La nuit américaine (original title)
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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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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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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Day for Night  »

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

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

Filmed at the same studio as, and using some of the sets from, The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) See more »

Goofs

During the filming of the car crash scene, when the stunt man backs up the car driving through the the open door, and when he jumps free as the "driverless" car supposedly heads for the cliff where it will crash, someone else is visible inside the car, actually driving. See more »

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Ferrand: What is a film director? A man who's asked questions about everything. Sometimes he knows the answers.
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This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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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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