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Title:
Day for night La nuit américaine
Author:
Truffaut, François, actor, director, author of screenplay.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2003]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Frictions and personality clashes beset the making of a romantic film in Nice.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Title from container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1973.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
French
Reading Level:
Rated PG.
Added Uniform Title:
Nuit américaine (Motion picture)
ISBN:
9780790775678
UPC:
085392407927
Format :
DVD

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A French director guides actors on the set of his movie Meet Pamela. Directed by Truffaut. Oscar for best foreign-language film.


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Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine was director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with "Meet Pamela"'s overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. One of the central actresses is continually drunk due to family problems, while the other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead (Truffaut regular Jean-Pierre Leaud) starts to act erratically when his intermittent romance with the fickle script girl begins to fail. In addition to all this personal drama, the film is besieged by technical problems, from difficult tracking shots to stubborn animal actors. The inspiration for future satires of movie-making from Living in Oblivion to Irma Vep, La nuit américaine was considered slight by some critics in comparison to earlier Truffaut masterworks, but it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Famed filmmaker François Truffaut (Jules and Jim; The 400 Blows) puts himself in front of the camera as a stressed-out director on a movie shoot, dealing with an anxious young actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and a recently scandalized leading lady (Jacqueline Bisset), as well as an aging actress who forgets her lines, a producer worried about the budget, distracting on-set romances, and much more. The filmmaking process in all its organized chaos is on full display in this beautifully restored love letter to the cinema, abetted by a bunch of extras for reel-life buffs. [See Trailers, LJ 7/15.] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.