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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.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (screenplay), Jean-Louis Richard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Julie Baker
Valentina Cortese ... Séverine
Dani ... Liliane, la stagiaire scripte
Alexandra Stewart ... Stacey
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Alexandre
Jean Champion 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 Maurice Seveno ... Le reporter TV
David Markham David Markham ... Dr. Michael Nelson
Bernard Menez ... Bernard, l'accessoiriste
Gaston Joly Gaston Joly ... Lajoie, le régisseur
Zénaïde Rossi 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

7 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day for Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$509
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (dream sequences)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The English title refers to a technique for filming night scenes in broad daylight, achieved by either lowering the lens aperture or through the use of filters. The French call it the "American night". Ferrand uses this literal translation when talking about the car crash shooting, but Julie cannot understand what he means ("What is American night?"). 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

Interviewer: Can you tell us about your new movie?
Julie: "Meet Pamela" is the story of a British girl who falls in love with her husband's father. I think it's based on a true story.
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This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »

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Referenced in ER: Day for Knight (1998) See more »

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I Dare Anybody
4 May 2003 | by PiafreduxSee all my reviews

I dare anybody to resist becoming involved with the characters in 'La Nuit Americaine". This is brilliant cinema storytelling upheld by a superb cast (my favorite is Nathalie Baye as the Continuity Girl - and not because she speaks the best line in the film; but Valentina Cortese's turn as Severine is delicious too). The editing here, too, is a tour de force of film art - actually, I'm surprised that few critics have mentioned it in their rush to acclaim 'La Nuit Americaine' as <<la grande hymne a la cinema>>. Most of all this film is as densely layered and as sweet as a Napoleon pastry - indeed, near its ending Truffaut lavishes its set with frosting.

Some claim that 'La Nuit Americaine' has dated. Well, it can date me any day, anytime, anywhere (and, yes, that was an oblique reference to the best line Nathalie Baye delivers). With this film Francois Truffaut cut and polished and gave, from his intellect and heart, a gem whose facets and heart will sparkle eternally. An absolute must for everyone's "don't miss" list.


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