Day for Night
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- All-New Documentaries:
- Day for Night: An Appreciation with BOB BALABAN and Biographer ANNETTE INSDORF
- Day for Night by JACQUELINE BISSET and NATHALIE BAYE
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.))
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The acting was excellent, and the behind the scenes look at the process of shooting a movie (with Trufaut playing himself as the unflappable director) was interesting, charming, and at time hilarious.
My second impression of the film was the completeness of the experience. In a two hour movie, I learned more about film-making than I proably would have in a 5 hour documentary (and had more fun in the process as well). Truffaut has a gift of including so many aspects of the process and he does it all with the personal touch of a cast that seems anxious that we get the most out of the experience. There is plenty of humor, more than enough drama, and it all is woven together in a tempo that eliminates boredom or confusion. There is always something that catches our focus just long enough to make us understand the purpose and just short enough to avoid overstating the point.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once start watching, you just have 24 hours to finish it. Keep that in mind.
I like the film, a typical Francois Truffaut film, but also closer to mainstream films. Read more
Personally, my favorite Truffaut movie that takes viewers behind the scenes of a fictional movie. Funny, captivating, a cavalcade of captivating characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Drew Brown
This is a truly classic film about the trials involved in making a small feature film ... in France. However, it doesn't take itself seriously at all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brent Butler
As usual, the Criterion collection have pulled out all the stops for this release of La unit Americaine (Day for night). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A multi-layered study of filmmaking, with inside jokes, satire and reality; this was recommended by a producer/director/acting coach. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lsmm7
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