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Day for Night ()

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.

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Julie Baker
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Séverine
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Liliane, la stagiaire scripte
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Stacey
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Alexandre
Jean Champion ...
Bertrand, le producteur
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Alphonse (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
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Ferrand, le réalisateur
Nike Arrighi ...
Odile, la maquilleuse
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Joëlle, la scripte
Maurice Seveno ...
Le reporter TV
David Markham ...
Dr. Michael Nelson
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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
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Martine Barraqué ...
Martine, la monteuse (uncredited)
Marcel Berbert ...
L'assureur français (uncredited)
Yann Dedet ...
Yann, le monteur (uncredited)
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Georges, le compositeur (uncredited) (voice)
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L'assureur anglais (uncredited)
Ernest Menzer ...
Le producteur de films érotiques (uncredited)
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Le client de l'hôtel (uncredited)
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Bit part (uncredited)
Marie Poitevin ...
Woman (uncredited)
Christophe Vesque ...
L'enfant à la canne, séquence du rêve (uncredited)

Directed by

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François Truffaut

Written by

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François Truffaut ... (screenplay) &
Jean-Louis Richard ... (screenplay) &
Suzanne Schiffman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marcel Berbert ... producer

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Georges Delerue

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Pierre-William Glenn

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Martine Barraqué
Yann Dedet

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Damien Lanfranchi

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Damien Lanfranchi

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Monique Dury

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Fernande Hugi ... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... makeup artist
Malou Rossignol ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Claude Miller ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Suzanne Schiffman ... assistant director
Jean-François Stévenin ... assistant assistant director

Art Department

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Antoine Bonfanti ... sound mixer
René Levert ... sound
Harrik Maury ... sound

Stunts

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Marc Boyle ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Walter Bal ... camera operator
Dominique Chapuis ... assistant camera
Jean-Francis Gondre ... assistant camera
Pierre Zucca ... still photographer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Christian Lentretien ... production administrator
Alex Maineri ... general manager
Christine Pellé ... script supervisor
Roland Thénot ... general manager

Thanks

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Dorothy Gish ... dedicatee
Lillian Gish ... dedicatee
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Effetto notte (Italy)
  • Day for Night (United States)
  • The American Night (World-wide, English title)
  • Day for Night (World-wide, English title)
  • La noche americana (Spain)
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  • 115 min
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Trivia After the release of this film, Jean-Luc Godard sent François Truffaut a letter criticizing the way the film depicts filmmaking and called him a liar for it. Godard also criticized him for pandering to the mainstream, something they were both critical of filmmakers doing when they were critics at Cahiers du Cinema. Additionally, Godard went on to say that because the film was not truth and because the film was a hit, that they should make a film together about the filmmaking process; Truffaut would produce, Godard would direct, and they would both co-write the script. Godard's return address was of Jacques Daniel-Norman, a virtually unknown filmmaker whose films were loved by Truffaut and Godard when they were film critics, hinting at a return to a simpler time. Ignoring this hint, Truffaut was insulted by the letter and responded by telling Godard that he is demeaning and pretentious and that he pretends to be poor, when in reality he was the wealthiest of their circle of friends. The response also included a line in which Truffaut flat out calls Godard a "shit". It is believed that this quarrel is what ended their lifelong friendship. Godard later regretted writing this letter, especially after Truffaut's early death in 1984 and went as far as to write a moving tribute to his former friend. See more »
Goofs During the swimming pool scene, the shadow of the real crew and camera crane fall several times on parts of the set where action is going on in the film within the film. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Day for Night: A Conversation with Jaqueline Bisset (2003). See more »
Crazy Credits This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »
Quotes Julie: Liliane ran off with the stuntman.
Joelle: Does Alphonse know?
Julie: I had to tell him.
Joelle: With the stuntman? I'd drop a guy for a film. I'd never drop a film for a guy!
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