Day for Night
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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.
- 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"
- 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
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This is one of the best movies I have seen about making movies -- the mechanics of making movies. Quality of the final product doesn't matter to many of the participants -- the stunt man, for example, focuses on his "trick" and moves on to another movie -- it may appear in a great movie, or a bad movie -- the stunt man doesn't really care.
Truffaut himself plays Ferrand, the director of a movie named “Meet Pamela,”; everyone involved seems to agree that it is going to be pretty terrible. But Ferrand doesn't seem to care; he loves the process, not the artistic achievement. And Truffaut as a master of both technique and the psychology of people who make movies for a living, has created a minor masterpiece.
Technical devices are accurate and informative; the title comes from a filtering technique that turns day into night by a filter over the lens of the camera..
Ferrand's philosophy of movie making captures the essence of this fine effort: “Shooting a movie is like a stagecoach trip. At first you hope for a nice ride. Then you just hope to reach your destination.”
And it is a movie for people like me that love movies. Another character replies to his girl friend interested in a nice dinner: “Little restaurants? You must be joking! Don’t you know Nice has 37 movies? We can grab a sandwich.”
I kept catching myself up -- "Meet Pamela" and its mechanics are always there, of course, but "Day for Night" presents something very real. And the something comes from Truffaut himself who said in an interview: “The most beautiful thing I have seen in a movie theater is to go down to the front, and turn around, and look at all the uplifted faces, the light from the screen reflected upon them.”
Robert C. Ross
PS: This movie played beautifully, both sound and image, over a very fast WIFI in my apartment and played on my Lenovo ThinkPad. R.
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.
We are inducted into the world of director Francois Truffaut and his motley band of cast and crew as they cope with the seemingly endless difficulties in trying to make a film they can be proud of in a limited amount of time. There are tempestuous actors who storm off the set, canisters of film which go missing, and even the death of an actor during filming to deal with. And yet, through all this, the film itself reigns supreme.
Day For Night is a French film, so unfortunately for English-speaking viewers some of the feeling is possibly lost in translation (either through dubbing or subtitling). However, the essence of the film remains, helped in no small part by some montage sequences set to Georges Delerue's wonderful orchestral score.
The film was made almost thirty years ago, so looking at it from a purely historical perspective, it might seem a little dated. However, to see it merely as a representation of a point in time is to miss entirely the message contained within the movie; this message being that films are timeless. So whilst we might smile nostalgically at the clothes (most of which are unbelievably tight), the aspects of human relationships revealed are as relevant today as they were in 1973.
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