THE FILM, DAY FOR NIGHT ( LA NUIT AMERICANE ) by F. TRUFFAUT

DAY FOR NIGHT ( LA NUIT AMERICANE )

LA NUIT AMERICANE  (DAY FOR NIGHT ) is a 1973 French film directed by François Truffaut. Cinematography Pierre-William Glenn .It stars Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud.In French, nuit américaine (American night) is a technical process whereby sequences filmed outdoors in daylight are shot using tungsten (artificial light) or infrared film stock and underexposed (or dimmed during post production) to appear as if they are taking place at night. In the English-speaking world the film is known as Day for Night, which is the equivalent English expression for the process.

La Nuit américaine chronicles the production of Je Vous Présente Paméla (Meet Pamela, also referred to as I want you to meet Pamela), a clichéd melodrama starring aging screen icon, Alexandre, former diva Séverine , young heart-throb Alphonse and a British actress, Julie Baker who is recovering from both a nervous breakdown and the controversy leading to her marriage with her much older doctor.

One of the film’s themes is whether or not films are more important than life.  In one scene, Ferrand opens a package of books he had ordered: they are books on directors he admires such as Luis Buñuel, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, Ernst Lubitsch, Roberto Rossellini and Robert Bresson.
The writer Graham Greene has a cameo appearance as an insurance company representative in the film, credited as “Henry Graham”.

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