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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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7 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,808, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

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$17,808, 27 July 1997
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

As the director Ferrand (François Truffaut) and the Cinematographer Walter (Walter Bal) are looking over promo stills of Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset), one remarks that he remembers her "from that movie with the car chase". This is an inside reference to the fact that five years earlier Bisset played the role of Steve McQueen's girlfriend in Bullitt (1968), a film featuring a groundbreaking car chase. 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

Joelle: The scene needs a new idea. Call your co-writer!
Ferrand: I thought of it. He's in Japan. He's adapting Turgenev's "First Love". Set in modern Japan. Great idea!
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Interesting, entertaining and enjoyable
30 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I still think it's my favourite of Truffaut's, even though my French teacher rolled his eyes, thinking I could have picked a more obscure choice! The reason why I love it so much, is that it has so much to it. Not only is it a clever tale of a film inside a film, but Truffaut also gives you a view into his own world, as well as those of his actors and crew. Truffaut provides some advice on being a film maker in a friendly manner, and you get the impression that this person is really interested in engaging with the audience in a down to earth manner. There is development and a little explanation of the characters which have appeared in his earlier films, particularly Antoine, of course, which I liked, although it's not completely on a plate of course. All in all, def worth a watch.


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