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La nuit américaine
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Release Date:
7 September 1973 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Making a Film in a Tribute to the Cinema See more (62 total) »


  (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
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The favorite movie of actress Eva Marie Saint.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Alphonse:I'm sure Ferrand is wrong. Life is more important than films.See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Making a Film in a Tribute to the Cinema, 11 September 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Nice, the Studios La Victorine is producing the film "Je Vous Presente Pamela", about a French man that marries the English Pamela in England and brings his wife to France to introduce her to his parents. However, his father and Pamela fall in love with each other and she leaves her husband to live with her father-in-law. The producer Bertrand (Jean Champion) and the director Ferrand (François Truffaut) invite the British Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset), who had a nervous breakdown and married her Dr. Nelson (David Markham), to the role of Pamela.

Along the shooting, the cast and crew are lodged in the Hotel Atlantic and Bertrand and Ferrand have to deal with problems with the stars Severine (Valentina Cortese), an aging artist with drinking problems that affect her performance; the immature, spoiled and needy Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Léaud); Julie that is emotionally unstable. But in the end, they succeed to complete the film.

"La Nuit Américaine" is a film about making a film and a great tribute to the cinema. This is one of my favorite Truffaut's films and the last time I saw it was on 08 January 2001.

It is impossible to highlight performances in this film, but the mesmerizing beauty of Jacqueline Bisset shines. Jean-Pierre Léaud performs his usual role of an insecure man, using the same gestures of Antoine Doinel.

In 1992, Louis Malle explored the storyline of "Je Vous Presente Pamela" in "Damage". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite Americana" ("The American Night")

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