Day For Night

on September 24, 1973 by BOXOFFICE Staff
Filmmaking in France seems no different from American moviemaking, as Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" demonstrates. There are problems, tears, joy and an unending series of affairs and tangled relationships. Producer/director/co-writer/star Truffaut used a film term ("La Nuit Americaine" in French) for his title, which means shooting night scenes in daylight with a special filter. aturally, there are many in-jokes, as when Jacqueline Bisset escribes the plot of Truffaut's "Two English Girls" to explain how he met Jean-Pierre Leaud, her film-within-a-film husband. br>   With the aid of co-scripters Jean-Louis Richard and Suzanne Schiffman, the French master has taken a large number of dramatic elements and made them fresh and funny. Three of the leads have had careers in American movies--the British-born Miss Bisset, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Aumont and Italian Valentina Cortese--and will be familiar to audiences who will enjoy the film whether or not it's dubbed.
   An Italian/French co-production of Les Films Du Carrosse PECF (Paris) PIC (Rome) in Spherical Panavision and Eastman Color. English titles for French dialogue; French titles for minimal English. Starring Francois Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese and Jean-Pierre Leaud.

   Play up the film's selection as the opening-night attraction at this year's New York Film Festival. Contact any local filmmakers or film students and lecturers for promotional activity. Set up a lobby display of film history (the film is dedicated to Lillian and Dorothy Gish).


   A Movie for People Who Like Movies...France's Top Filmmaker and a Top Cast in The Movie About Making Movies...How to Make a Movie in No Easy Lessons. [Originally released by Warner Bros. stateside in October 1973, this 116-minute Francois Truffaut film went on to win that year's foreign film Oscar and was also nominated for script, direction and actress (Valentina Cortese). New York's 50-year-old art house, the Paris Theatre, is celebrating its July 25 reopening (after a two-month refurbishment) by showing a new 35mm print supplied by Kit Parker Films. Here's what BOXOFFICE had to say back on Sept. 24, 1973, before the movie opened in America.]

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