La Nuit Americaine

La Nuit Americaine

Day for Night

Streaming Video - 1973
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The leading lady is recovering from a nervous breakdown, another performer is soused on the set, unions threaten to walk, shooting must finish before the insurance lapses and a cat can't hit its mark. Is this any way to make a film? FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT's sly, humorous Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film (1973) that speaks the language of everyone who loves movies.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. : Made available through hoopla, 1973
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 115 min.)) : sd., col

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2017

A delightful comedy about movie making that covered just about all aspects of the film industry, circa 1973 without modern CGI: actors, cinematography‎, director, money-man, producer, set builders, extras, screenwriter, editor, stunt performer, their assistants ... This Blu-Ray updated its subtitles with interesting special features for serious movie buffs.

AL_ALISON May 25, 2017

If you like movies and enjoy the behind the scenes adventures of movie making, this is a wonderfully hilarious French film about what it takes to make a movie.

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Nursebob
Feb 12, 2016

With huge salutes to everyone from Buñuel and Godard to Hitchcock, Truffaut’s gentle Oscar-winning film-within-a-film is both a loving valentine to the creative process and a comedic poke at the crazies and eccentrics who make it happen. “There is more harmony in movies than in real life…” says one production member to a distraught actor, and indeed as problems and budgets pile higher (much like the artificial “snow” blowing on set) those words become more prophecy than platitude. But this is the world of art and make-believe and even a final unforeseen tragedy which one character heralds as the end of cinema itself winds up being just another bump in the road. A cheerful little in-joke whose self-deprecating humour proves irresistible. And in the role of the drunken diva, Oscar-nominated Valentina Cortese pulls out all the stops!

btmslt Apr 05, 2013

An interesting film about the production of a movie.

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Ellington4
Jun 28, 2011

This is a grand movie about movie-making. Famed director Francois Truffaut plays the director of a film and takes you behind the scenes, showing the inter-relationships (both professional and personal) of the actors and crew; the varied production problems, and shows many movie tricks. There are also a number of loving movie references. A bubbly, delightful homage to movies by a master director.

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2017

The nuance of foreign film subtitles:
Blu-Ray: She could never adjust to how movies are shot in bits and pieces. I remember escorting her to the premiere of her first big Hollywood movie. A fantastic evening. When the film ended, she looked at the screen, then turned to me and said... “I did all that? All I remember is the waiting.”
DVD & IMDb: She hated the way we shoot movies, in bits and pieces! I remember escorting her to the premiere of her first big Hollywood movie. A fantastic evening! When the film ended she sat there, then turned to me and said: "I did all that? All I remember is the waiting."

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2017

The nuance of foreign film subtitles:
Blu-Ray: Shooting a film is like crossing the Wild West by stagecoach. You set out hoping for a nice trip, but soon you wonder if you'll ever each your destination.
DVD: Shooting a movie is like a stagecoach ride in the Old West. At first you hope for a nice trip. Soon you just hope to reach your destination!
IMDb: director Ferrand: Making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west. When you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive.
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Blu-Ray: Aren't we one big family? --So were those patricidal folks in Greek tragedies.
DVD & IMDb: Bertrand: Aren't we one big family? Alexandre: So were the people in Greek tragedies!

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2017

The nuance of foreign film subtitles:
Blu-Ray: What is this movie business of yours? Where everyone's so chummy ... sleeps with everyone else and lies! You think that's normal? Your precious cinema! I think it stinks! I despise it!
DVD: What is this movie business? Where everyone sleeps with everyone! Everyone lies! Do you think it's normal? Your movie world... I think it stinks! I despise it!
IMDb: Madame Lajoie: What is this - filmmaking? You call that a business? You've no morals. Everybody sleeps with everyone! What is it but a dirty lie. You call that normal? Filthy cinema - you're a plague on the world! You smell of filth! You'll pay for your sins! I despise you!

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