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Day for Night

Day for Night (1973)

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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

Mar 18, 2003

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (0) | DVD (9)

It's a hilarious and informative movie, and in the pantheon of films about filmmaking, it strikes a neat balance between the operatic neuroses of '8 1/2' and the warm, pastel-hued nostalgia of 'Singin' in the Rain'.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Truffaut is looking at the world from inside a glorious obsession: everyone outside looks a little gray and dim.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A poem in praise of making movies. Not good movies, not bad movies -- movies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Though not one of Truffaut's strongest works, this loving tribute to the chaotic process of filmmaking is charming, which may explain its win of the best foreign language film Oscar.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It is a Pirandellian affair, an elegiac celebration of a dying kind of cinema, a meditation on the connection between film and life by Truffaut...

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

One of the great love letters to the chaos and creativity, joy and sorrow of movie-making.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It is a breezy, richly enjoyable if not especially profound film about cinema: it conjures the ambient, dizzy sexiness of movie artifice, and it's also notable for a remarkable cameo by Graham Greene.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

[An] exhilarating, Oscar-winning celebration of the movie-making process.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Cinephiles will lap it up.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Lovely.

August 26, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

It might not be a great film or one of Truffaut's arty ones, but it's entertaining, observant and witty.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Um filme feito por e para amantes do Cinema.

March 30, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Truffaut clearly communicates his consummate love for film in ways certain to bring knowing smiles to all movie lovers

September 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Day for Night exudes all the enchantment, zaniness and transitory pleasures of the movie-making business.

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Truffaut's love affair with motion pictures is evident in every scene.

April 8, 2003
Movie Metropolis

A treat for movie lovers.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Comment (1)

unjaded and hopelessly smitten with the filmmaking process

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's fun in all the little things it reveals about moviemaking as well as in the characters we meet.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

One of the great tributes to the art of moviemaking, Truffaut has never made a film as warm or generous.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

The French master has taken a large number of dramatic elements and made them fresh and funny.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The actors come alive with enough mini-dramas for a couple of daytime soap operas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for Day for Night

A great view about the charm, conflict, love, family and life in cinema. A cinematography poem to the artists of the seventh art. A better and more serious version of 'Noises Off' with very good actings of all the cast. Fresh.
July 6, 2012
Lucas Martins

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From the opening credits to the last frame it is great fun to see behind the scenes of the making of a movie. What is going on in the cast's and crew's private lives and how it affects the movie being made was the most interesting thing though. The many uninterrupted tracking shots following Truffaut as a writer/director named Ferrand, who for all intents and purposes is Truffaut, are amazing in their fluidity as he answers production questions from everyone who crosses his path. Jacqueline Bisset as a visiting American/British star in the French production of Meet Pamela is beautifully natural in her role. Jean-Pierre Aumont as the mature actor is also likable and charming. Nathalie Baye stands out in her hard working, strong, and attractive role as a script girl who seems to have more responsibilities than the assistant director. Jean-Pierre Leaud and Dani are good as a young immature couple, he the other lead with Bisset's and Aumont's characters, she getting an assistant continuity job through him. Valentina Cortese is an aging actress who is turning more and more to drink. Bernard Menez, the prop man, is quite funny. There are producers, other actors, more crew, paparazzi, and extras as well.

Movie sets are controlled places where stories are committed to celluloid, not like real life. Still unexpected occurrences like trying to film animals, actresses becoming pregnant, emotions becoming unstable because of actors' private relationship troubles, and sudden death lead to changes being made to the script all along the way. One theme is the love of movie making, which we see throughout. Another is relationships between the sexes. When Alphonse (Leaud) asks Julie (Bisset) his repeated question "Are women magic?" she replies, "Everyone is magic. And no one is." By giving the actors and the crew the same attention, by giving the making of Meet Pamela the same attention as the off camera lives of those involved, and by giving several actresses roles as strong or stronger than many of the men have, Traffaut shows that he truly believes "Everyone is magic. And no one is."
September 8, 2010
hypathio7

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It's very interesting that the English release of this film was not a direct translation of the French title which would have been "The American Night" Truffaut brings a nice mix of humour into yet another film about film making.
July 25, 2013
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