Day For Night

Day For Night

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Cast: François Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Alexandra Stewart

     
 

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Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine was director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. TruffautSee more details below

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Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine was director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with "Meet Pamela"'s overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. One of the central actresses is continually drunk due to family problems, while the other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead (Truffaut regular Jean-Pierre Leaud) starts to act erratically when his intermittent romance with the fickle script girl begins to fail. In addition to all this personal drama, the film is besieged by technical problems, from difficult tracking shots to stubborn animal actors. The inspiration for future satires of movie-making from Living in Oblivion to Irma Vep, La nuit américaine was considered slight by some critics in comparison to earlier Truffaut masterworks, but it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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A delightful love letter to the cinema by the great French filmmaker François Truffaut, La nuit américaine (Day for Night) is one of the best movies about making movies. Focusing on the backstage intrigues of an eccentric group of actors and technicians, Truffaut, a master of shifting tone, effortlessly guides the film from comedy to pathos and back again. It doesn't matter that the characters are making a film that is, from all available evidence, an utter stinker; La nuit américaine suggests that filmmaking, even hack filmmaking, is an inherently noble pursuit. Though he's careful not to downplay the more chaotic and even dangerous aspects of life in the film business, Truffaut clearly adores the heightened reality on display, both in front of the camera and behind it. Making a film is the only way that these characters (and by extension Truffaut) can be happy. Adding significantly to the film's pleasures are Georges Delerue's wistful score and the brilliant ensemble acting, most notably New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as the neurotic young star Alphonse; Valentina Cortese as the brittle, alcoholic Sévérine; and Truffaut himself, playing the beleaguered director. A huge international success in its original run, the film won the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar of 1973 and landed nominations for Truffaut, Cortese, and the screenplay -- all rare accomplishments for a foreign-language film -- as well as New York Film Critics Circle and British Academy awards as the best film of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
UPC:
0085391103257
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

cc New featurettes - Day for Night: An appreciation With Truffaut biographer Annete Insdorf Day for Night: A conversation with Jacqueline Bisset La Nuit Americaine: The French Connection, featuring co-stars Nathalie Baye, Dani and Bernard Menez, and editor Yann Dedet Truffaut in the USA with Insdorf, actor/producer Bob Balaban and journalist Todd McCarthy Vintage materials - Truffaut: A view from the inside Cannes Film Festival Truffaut interview National Society of Film Critics Awards Truffaut interview Theatrical trailer Cast/director/writer film highlights

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacqueline Bisset Julie
Valentina Cortese Séverine
François Truffaut Ferrand
Alexandra Stewart Stacey
Jean-Pierre Aumont Alexandre
Jean-Pierre Léaud Alphonse
Dani Assistant Continuity Girl
Nike Arrighi Monique
Bernard Menez Property Man
Marcel Berbert French Insurance Broker
Henry Graham Insurer
Jean Panisse Arthur
Christophe Vesque Boy with Cane in Dream Sequences
Jean Champion Bertrand
Nathalie Baye Joelle
Maurice Séveno TV Reporter
David Markham Dr. Nelson
Marc Boyle Actor
Gaston Joly Gaston Lajoie, the Production Manager
Walter Bal Walter (Cinematographer)
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-Francois
Pierre Zucca Actor

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Screenwriter
Martine Barraqué-Curie Editor
Marcel Berbert Producer
Yan Dedet Editor
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Monique Dury Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre-Wiliam Glenn Cinematographer
Damien Lanfranchi Art Director
Jean-Louis Richard Screenwriter
Suzanne Schiffman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Day for Night
1. Credits and Dedication [1:50]
2. Meet Pamela [5:24]
3. Hotel Choices [5:48]
4. Always Questions [3:02]
5. Rushes [2:58]
6. Memories [3:08]
7. Believing in Luck [2:00]
8. Severine's Bad Day [9:04]
9. A Director Dreams [:30]
10. Stacey's Secret [5:07]
11. Julie Baker [2:34]
12. Agony of Shooting [4:31]
13. Does It Show? [2:38]
14. Send in the Cat [5:40]
15. We Need Love [2:33]
16. Julie Understands [1:26]
17. Thieves in the Night [3:48]
18. Cinema Is King [2:44]
19. Drinks on Alexander [3:11]
20. Fling in the Woods [1:59]
21. Crash Scene [3:17]
22. A Film for a Guy [2:06]
23. Stolen Images [3:15]
24. Perspectives [1:41]
25. Severine's Farewell [2:00]
26. Alphonse's New Love [2:51]
27. Two Phone Calls [7:03]
28. Acting Like Children [3:19]
29. Her Own Dialogue [4:21]
30. Halted by Death [4:32]
31. Readying for Reshoots [1:31]
32. Shots in the Snow [5:21]
33. Goodbye, Children [1:15]
34. Cast List [1:43]

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