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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 11 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 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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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:

$17,808, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,808, 27 July 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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For reasons that are unclear, the on-screen movie crew never change their clothes even though story unfolds over weeks. See more »

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Séverine: The actor had always dreamed of playing Hamlet. At last, he staged it and played the role! But he was so bad, he was booed every night. One night he was fed up, he stopped in the middle of "To be or not to be", turning to the audience, he said: "I didn't write the shit."
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The reality of illusion
30 December 2002 | by jutulenSee 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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