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#589. Day for Night (La nuit américaine)

  • Year: 1973
  • Country: France/Italy
  • Language: English/French
  • Production: Carrosse, 115m
  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Producer: Marcel Berbert
  • Screenplay: François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Jean-Louis Richard
  • Photography: Pierre-William Glenn
  • Music: Georges Delerue
  • Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Champion, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut
  • Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Oscar Noms: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay

Abridged Book Description

Day for Night is Truffaut's valentine to the process of moviemaking. Controversially for the post-1968 period, he chose classical, studio-bound, generic cinema as his premise, not the nouvelle vague. The emphasis of the film is on filmmaking as craft rather than art. And, ultimately, it is less about the "product" than the collective process leading up to it.