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Day for Night

La nuit américaine

Directed by François Truffaut
France, Italy, 1973


Francois Truffaut’s love letter to cinema stands as one of the greatest films about the thrill, challenges, and insanity of filmmaking.

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Day for Night Directed by François Truffaut

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1975 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1974 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film



What I love about Truffaut is that he’s a modernizer and a revisionist. He’s taking care of the tradition, but at the same time he’s inventing new forms. I think this film is a testament to his love of filmmaking and to its absurdity.
June 01, 2018
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Funny even in its darker moments and emotional in its revealing of lighting sources (I find a scene with a fake candle, magical and obvious at the same time, particularly moving), it’s Truffaut’s best film.
September 21, 2016
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Truffaut’s intention was to celebrate his chosen career, and he keeps the tone lightly amusing even when things are ostensibly going to hell. (The death of a major character at one point is all but shrugged off—“the show must go on.”) Consequently, while the film is thoroughly enjoyable, it lacks the bite and wit of Truffaut’s best work. It’s a gooey love letter to itself, which makes it feel a tad redundant.
August 19, 2015
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