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La nuit américaine
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François Truffaut (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 September 1973 (USA) See more »
A movie for people who love movies.
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jacqueline Bisset ... Julie Baker

Valentina Cortese ... Séverine
Dani ... Liliane, la stagiaire scripte

Alexandra Stewart ... Stacey

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Alexandre
Jean Champion ... Bertrand, le producteur

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Alphonse (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)

François Truffaut ... Ferrand, le réalisateur
Nike Arrighi ... Odile, la maquilleuse

Nathalie Baye ... Joëlle, la scripte
Maurice Seveno ... Le reporter TV
David Markham ... Dr. Michael Nelson
Bernard Menez ... Bernard, l'accessoiriste
Gaston Joly ... Lajoie, le régisseur
Zénaïde Rossi ... Madame Lajoie
Xavier Saint-Macary ... Christian (as Xavier Macary)
Marc Boyle ... Le cascadeur anglais
Walter Bal ... Walter, le chef opérateur
Jean-François Stévenin ... Jean-François, l'assistant réalisateur (as J.F. Stevenin)
Pierre Zucca ... Pierrot, le photographe de plateau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martine Barraqué ... Martine, la monteuse (uncredited)
Marcel Berbert ... L'assureur français (uncredited)
Yann Dedet ... Yann, le monteur (uncredited)
Georges Delerue ... Georges, le compositeur (voice) (uncredited)

Graham Greene ... L'assureur anglais (uncredited)
Ernest Menzer ... Le producteur de films érotiques (uncredited)

Claude Miller ... Le client de l'hôtel (uncredited)

Jean Panisse ... Bit part (uncredited)
Marie Poitevin ... Woman (uncredited)
Christophe Vesque ... L'enfant à la canne, séquence du rêve (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (screenplay) &
Jean-Louis Richard (screenplay) &
Suzanne Schiffman (screenplay)

Produced by
Marcel Berbert .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Pierre-William Glenn 
Film Editing by
Martine Barraqué 
Yann Dedet 
Production Design by
Damien Lanfranchi 
Art Direction by
Damien Lanfranchi 
Costume Design by
Monique Dury 
Makeup Department
Fernande Hugi .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist
Malou Rossignol .... hair stylist
Production Management
Claude Miller .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzanne Schiffman .... assistant director
Jean-François Stévenin .... assistant assistant director
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound mixer
René Levert .... sound
Harrik Maury .... sound
Marc Boyle .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Bal .... camera operator
Dominique Chapuis .... assistant camera
Jean-Francis Gondre .... assistant camera
Pierre Zucca .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Christian Lentretien .... production administrator
Alex Maineri .... general manager
Christine Pellé .... script supervisor
Roland Thénot .... general manager
Dorothy Gish .... dedicatee
Lillian Gish .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La nuit américaine" - France (original title)
"The American Night" - International (English title) (literal title)
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115 min
Black And White (dream sequences) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2016) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Graham Greene (I)]Insurance company representative.See more »
Continuity: When Ferrand is talking to Julie in her room, his left ear appears without a hearing aid for a second.See more »
Georges, le compositeur:[First lines] Let's all be quiet and play well. Slowly and relaxed, in my tempo. From the beginning. Strike up together. Here you can speed up. Don't leave any gaps. There, now all together. Hold that last chord. No sentimentality. Just play the notes.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Soft Skin (1964)See more »


Why was this movie nominated for Academy Awards in two different years?
Why was the title changed?
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, entertaining and enjoyable, 30 March 2006
Author: poshbloke from London

I still think it's my favourite of Truffaut's, even though my French teacher rolled his eyes, thinking I could have picked a more obscure choice! The reason why I love it so much, is that it has so much to it. Not only is it a clever tale of a film inside a film, but Truffaut also gives you a view into his own world, as well as those of his actors and crew. Truffaut provides some advice on being a film maker in a friendly manner, and you get the impression that this person is really interested in engaging with the audience in a down to earth manner. There is development and a little explanation of the characters which have appeared in his earlier films, particularly Antoine, of course, which I liked, although it's not completely on a plate of course. All in all, def worth a watch.

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