Day for Night [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1973]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
  • New interviews with Glenn and assistant editor Martine Barraqué
  • New interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Documentary on the film from 2003, featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • Archival interviews with director François Truffaut, editor Yann Dedet, and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Jacqueline Bisset, Dani, and Bernard Menez
  • Archival television footage about the film, including footage of Truffaut on the set
  • Trailer

Synopsis

Day for Night
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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jacqueline Bisset
    Jacqueline Bisset - Julie
  • Valentina Cortese
    Valentina Cortese - Séverine
  • Alexandra Stewart
    Alexandra Stewart - Stacey
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont
    Jean-Pierre Aumont - Alexandre
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud
    Jean-Pierre Léaud - Alphonse
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