Day for Night (1973) - Plot Summary Poster



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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)...

  • 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 him. The producer Bertrand and the director Ferrand invite British Julie Baker, who had a nervous breakdown and married her Dr. Nelson, to the role of Pamela. During shooting, the cast and crew are lodged in the Hotel Atlantic and Bertrand and Ferrand have to deal with problems with the stars Severine, an aging actress with drinking problems that affect her performance; the immature, spoiled and needy Alphonse; Julie that is emotionally unstable. But in the end, they succeed in completing the film.

  • French filmmaker Ferrand lives for movies, he dreaming about his fondest memories of them when he sleeps. He is currently at the Victorine Studios in Nice filming his latest movie "Je vous présente Pamela" - English titled "Meet Pamela" - with production and post-production services handled in Paris. The story is about the recently wedded title character falling mutually in love with her new father-in-law upon first meeting. There are a slew of potential problems in this production. British born Hollywood actress Julie Baker, who portrays Pamela, recently had a nervous breakdown, and as such the film's insurance company will not cover any issues that arise on set because of her. Alphonse, who portrays her husband, is still at an immature stage of his young real life, he who has managed to get his current girlfriend, Liliane, a job as the movie's script girl. In his fragile state of mind, he may be more concerned about what Liliane is up to on set than his own performance. Alexandre, who portrays the father-in-law, also has other things on his mind as he is awaiting the arrival of an unknown someone at Nice Airport, most believing that person being his latest conquest. Séverine, who portrays the mother-in-law, laments her aging movie star status, and thus has taken to drinking on set to calm her nerves. She and Alexandre also had a falling out of sorts during the filming of their last movie together twenty years ago. Stacey, who has a small supporting role as a secretary and who has an iron-clad contract, did not tell Ferrand or any of the production executives that her appearance would be changing as filming progresses, which could be a problem the longer she needs to be on set. And the production manager has allowed the wife of the location manager, Lajoie, on the set as a constant presence as she doesn't trust her husband around all these immoral movie types. As filming progresses, Ferrand's goal of making a great movie may change to his worst nightmare in merely trying to complete a disaster of a movie if these potential problems, and other unforeseen ones, end up rearing their ugly heads.

  • A film company at work. Actors arrive and depart; liaisons develop. Julie, the beautiful but possibly unstable lead, is recovering from a breakdown, aided by an older physician, her new husband. Alphonse is insecure, he babbles. When his fiance exits with a stunt man, he threatens to quit. Julie must convince him to stay. Alexandre, a consummate pro on the set, runs back and forth to the airport hoping a certain young man will visit. Severine, no longer young, hits the bottle and covers blown lines with emotional outbursts. At the center is Ferrand, the writer director, who must make constant decisions, answer a stream of questions, and deliver the film on schedule.

  • 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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