lørdag 31. mars 2012

"Just another day in Truffaut's life"


Original title: La nuit américaine 
Year: 1973
Country: France/Italy
Language: French, English
Number: 567
Director: François Truffaut 
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Pierre Léaud

François Truffaut's Day for Night is probably his best or shall we say most prestigious film of them all, compared to all the low budget film he had made until then. Day for Night is a meta film (a film about the making of a film) that shows us all the difficulties on the set, that is actually a drama film itself.

Day for Night follows the cast and crew during the filming of Je Vous Présente Paméla (Meet Pamela). Truffaut himself plays the director, Ferrand who faces many difficulties from many of his staff members, like from the old diva Severine (Valentina Cortese) who have troubles of remember her lines. Or the young and heart broken actor Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who is about to run away from the set because of that. There's just some of the problems.

Day for Night is a good and well constructed meta film that has everything a movie set needs. All the details, all the props and all the three dimensional people as they are in the real life drama film that we all live in. And what's funny it's that at some point some of the characters says this will be the last film they make, something all of the staff perfectly understand without any form of upsets. Thumbs up.

Grade: B+

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