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Day for Night (1973)

Jacqueline Bisset , Jean-Pierre Léaud , François Truffaut  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Baye, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Writers: François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, Suzanne Schiffman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Day for Night" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-New Documentaries:
  • Day for Night: An Appreciation with BOB BALABAN and Biographer ANNETTE INSDORF
  • Day for Night by JACQUELINE BISSET and NATHALIE BAYE
  • Making-of Documentary "Truffaut: A View from the Inside"
  • Interviews:
  • VALENTINA CORTESE Interview
  • 2 TRUFFAUT Interviews, One from the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and the Other from the 1973 National Society of Film Critics Awards

Editorial Reviews

The leading lady is recovering from a nervous breakdown, another performer is soused on the set, unions threaten to walk, shooting must finish before the insurance lapses and a cat can't hit its mark. Is this any way to make a film? FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT's sly, humorous OscarO-winning Best Foreign Language Film (1973) that speaks the language of everyone who loves movies. JACQUELINE BISSET, JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT, VALENTINA CORTESE, NATHALIE BAYE and Truffaut star.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Finally Here With Subtitles! March 26, 2003
Format:DVD
For years i have been not watching this film -- one of my very favourites -- because it was only available on VHS in an abysmally-dubbed version.
Well, now it's on DVD with the original French track and subtitles in English, and it's just as great as i've been remembering it from the last chance i had to see it theatrically.
The video transfer looks excellent, the sound is good, and the film is the film.
And there are goodies galore on the DVD as well; i haven't finished all of them yet.
If you haven't seen this film, now is the time to do so.
((The dubbed track is included for people who simply can't deal with subtitles.))
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate but penetrating May 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
La Nuit Américaine is an interesting movie with celebrated French director Francois Truffaut playing a director making a movie. He proves to be a modest and convincing actor himself while patiently weaving a tale about how movies are made and how intense the emotional interactions among those making the movie can be.

Don't give up on this one too soon. It starts slow and seems almost amateurish because of the relatively low-tech way the film within the film is being shot. Truffaut gives us a glimpse of how the production crew works together (and sometimes at odds) while showing us some of the things that can go wrong while making a movie. He begins with the technical details of the production but before long begins to concentrate on the personalities of the movie-makers and their individual stories. Each story is carefully crafted in a somewhat leisurely way almost like the characterizations in a soap opera (without of course the phony drama and mass market sentimentality seen on TV). Truffaut's fine sense of emotional conflict and how conflict might be resolved makes the various stories touching without being maudlin.

Jacqueline Bisset who stars as English actress Julia Baker who plays the title role in the film within the film (May I Introduce Pamela?) doesn't make her appearance until about a fourth of the way in. She is a delight as an actress with a heart of gold recovering from a nervous breakdown married to an older man whom she does indeed love. Jean-Pierre Leaud, whom most viewers will recall as the running boy in Truffaut's The 400 Blows, plays a young and not entirely confident actor who gets jilted by the script girl who runs off with the stunt man during production.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film........one of Truffaut's best..... February 12, 2007
Format:DVD
For those of you who haven't seen any films by the late, great French director, Francois Truffaut, Day For Night (French title: La Nuit Americaine) is a great introduction. This actually won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and it is evident why. Day For Night is really a valentine to Francois Truffaut's love affair with cinema. This is a great and intriguing story (a sort of film within a film approach). Ferrand (played by Truffaut) is the hardworking film director, trying to line all of his ducks in a row, to film and complete his movie, "Je Vous Presente Pamela." As is often the case, nothing is going quite as was planned. For starters, his beautiful lead, Julie (Jacqueline Bisset), is recovering from a breakdown. Her co-star (Jean Pierre Leaud) is completely unreliable, and Severine (Valentina Cortese), an aging actress, is hitting the bottle pretty hard during the filming of their picture. What's more, all sorts of other intrigues are taking place between members of the crew (romantic and otherwise).

I love this shot because it almost seems like a pseudo-documentary, as well as a loving tribute to the blood, sweat and tears that go into making a film. How great that Truffaut got in front of the camera for this piece. He really should have done it more often. This film is equally funny and touching and I highly reccomend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUFFAUT'S MASTERPIECE December 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Firstly a tip for those of you who long for a subtitled version of DAY FOR NIGHT. You can buy now at www.amazon.fr an incredible 2 DVD edition of François Truffaut's masterpiece. French and dubbed version and a boatload of extras including rare footage of Truffaut interviews. Needless to say that the images and the sound are perfect. But BEWARE, you have to own a DVD player able to read zone 2 DVD's.
In my opinion, if you must choose three titles in Truffaut's filmography, take THE 400 BLOWS, JULES AND JIM and DAY FOR NIGHT. With those titles, you'll have in your library the quintessence of his work.
A movie for your library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truffaut's Meditation on Movie Making January 26, 2010
Format:DVD
"Day for Night," ("La Nuit Americaine," 1973), is a widely-distributed French film by one of the leaders of the French "nouvelle vague" (New Wave) school of filmmaking, Francois Truffaut(Francois Truffaut's Adventures of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows / Antoine & Collette / Stolen Kisses / Bed & Board / Love on the Run) - Criterion Collection). It is a comedy/drama, a movie for people who love movies, made by a director - Truffaut--who certainly loved movie-making, and who plays the director, Ferrand, struggling to complete his movie within the movie while in the midst of a storm of financial troubles, and personal and professional problems among cast and crew.

The cast is certainly distinguished. The lovely Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep) stars as Julie Baker, the troubled American film star whom the company needs to make a financial success of the picture they are making. The veteran Italian actress Valentina Cortese (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) plays Severine, veteran actress; the veteran French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont (Heartbeat) plays Alexandre, veteran actor. They've previously worked together in Hollywood, we are told, and, apparently, are also better-acquainted than that, although Alexandre's sexuality will come into question during the making of the movie. Jean-Pierre Leaud,(
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this movie
I'm a film student (also a french student) and would be director, so this film was on my MUST SEE list. I consider it highly valuable for those interested in film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alana
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, very personal
And of course, they speak French a lot, which is one of the main reasons I watched this film.
The acting was excellent, and the behind the scenes look at the process of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher N. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire 5 Star 500 - #143
How much of what happens in life is already pre-determined?
Day for Night (La Nuit américaine) is a flim about film. It was created in 1973. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Inquisitor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
What more can you say? Jacqueline Bisset, Francois Truffaut. . . it doesn't get any better! A great behind the scenes film. I originally saw it in the theatres and loved it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Visualist
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic peek into the film making past with a laugh a minute....
Not only a hilarious masterpiece of film making but an interesting peek into the real problems of film making both in terms of sets and the problems encountered with the actors... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jerry Poparad
3.0 out of 5 stars A Director's nightmare.
Quirky, spoiled talent are enlisted to make a movie and it nearly prevents the production from happening. It seems Europe has it own version of The Brat Pack. Read more
Published 9 months ago by leonvo69
3.0 out of 5 stars How do French directors get away with it?
Boring and slow, but one supposes it doesn't matter if you're a French auteur. At least there is Jacqueline Bisset.
Published 9 months ago by Michael Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars My first time!
This was my first foreign film and it was the dubbed version but it opened my eyes that great films can come outside the Hollywood studio system. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Movie Mania
2.0 out of 5 stars so so ...but no
ok movie but a bit boring...jacqueline ok but not a fav...french movie product docu drama of sources but not that informative
there's not action here pace slow not for most... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pattycake
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies about moviemaking
The French title of this movie is "La Nuit Americaine" which is the cinema technique for shooting during the day a night scene (In English "Day for Night"), but at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paolo Benassi
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