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Day for Night (1973)

La nuit américaine (original title)
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

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Alexandre
Jean Champion ...
Bertrand, le producteur
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Alphonse (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
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Nike Arrighi ...
Odile, la maquilleuse
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Maurice Seveno ...
Le reporter TV
David Markham ...
Dr. Michael Nelson
Bernard Menez ...
Bernard, l'accessoiriste
Gaston Joly ...
Lajoie, le régisseur
Zénaïde Rossi ...
Madame Lajoie
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Storyline

The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of en English married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband. Will be simultaneously shown the shooting, the behavior of the people (including the technical team) on the set, and a part of their private life (a factor of complication)... Written by Yepok

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A movie for people who love movies.

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7 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Day for Night  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,808 (USA) (27 July 1997)

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$17,808 (USA) (27 July 1997)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Nathalie Baye first heard that Billy Wilder asked François Truffaut if he used a real script girl for the part of Joelle, she felt a bit offended as she was trying hard to be a proper actress. Later, she eventually admitted it was the best compliment she could receive. See more »

Goofs

When the director and the producer are browsing promotional photographs of the English actress, the actual name of "Jacqueline Bisset" can be briefly seen at the bottom of one of the photographs. See more »

Quotes

Alphonse: [after being dumped by his girlfriend] I need money to go to a whorehouse.
director Ferrand: Come on Alphonse. Go back to your room, re-read the script, learn your lines, then try to sleep. Tomorrow we work. That's what matters. Don't be a fool. You're a very good actor. No one's private life runs smoothly. That only happens in the movies. No traffic jams, no dead periods. Movies go along like trains in the night. And people like you and me are only happy in our work. I'm counting on you.
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This film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish. See more »

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References Chimes at Midnight (1965) See more »

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Making a Film in a Tribute to the Cinema
11 September 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Nice, the Studios La Victorine is producing the film "Je Vous Presente Pamela", about a French man that marries the English Pamela in England and brings his wife to France to introduce her to his parents. However, his father and Pamela fall in love with each other and she leaves her husband to live with her father-in-law. The producer Bertrand (Jean Champion) and the director Ferrand (François Truffaut) invite the British Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset), who had a nervous breakdown and married her Dr. Nelson (David Markham), to the role of Pamela.

Along the shooting, the cast and crew are lodged in the Hotel Atlantic and Bertrand and Ferrand have to deal with problems with the stars Severine (Valentina Cortese), an aging artist with drinking problems that affect her performance; the immature, spoiled and needy Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Léaud); Julie that is emotionally unstable. But in the end, they succeed to complete the film.

"La Nuit Américaine" is a film about making a film and a great tribute to the cinema. This is one of my favorite Truffaut's films and the last time I saw it was on 08 January 2001.

It is impossible to highlight performances in this film, but the mesmerizing beauty of Jacqueline Bisset shines. Jean-Pierre Léaud performs his usual role of an insecure man, using the same gestures of Antoine Doinel.

In 1992, Louis Malle explored the storyline of "Je Vous Presente Pamela" in "Damage". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite Americana" ("The American Night")


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