Day for Night
Day for Night (1973)

Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine was director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama called… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 7, 1973
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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David Jenkins
Time Out

It's a hilarious and informative movie, and in the pantheon of films about filmmaking, it strikes a neat balance between the operatic neuroses of '8 1/2' and the warm, pastel-hued nostalgia of 'Singin' in the Rain'.

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Christopher Machell

Aggravating to the more seriously-minded auteurs of the French New Wave, Truffaut's film is nevertheless a deeply personal, warm and human tribute to the passion of cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not one of Truffaut's strongest works, this loving tribute to the chaotic process of filmmaking is charming, which may explain its win of the best foreign language film Oscar.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Truffaut is looking at the world from inside a glorious obsession: everyone outside looks a little gray and dim.

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Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

Unlike many a behind-the-scenes portrait, Truffaut aims for affection and amiability for most of Day for Night.

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Philip French

It is a Pirandellian affair, an elegiac celebration of a dying kind of cinema, a meditation on the connection between film and life by Truffaut...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A poem in praise of making movies. Not good movies, not bad movies -- movies.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

François Truffaut's love letter to filmmaking

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

One of the great love letters to the chaos and creativity, joy and sorrow of movie-making.

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Lucas Martins
A great view about the charm, conflict, love, family and life in cinema. A cinematography poem to the artists of the seventh art. A better and more serious… More
John Ballantine
It's very interesting that the English release of this film was not a direct translation of the French title which would have been "The American… More
Elvira B
Why not give Truffaut a big budget and let him play with it? Why not indeed. La Nuit Americaine is the director's own account of life on the set, of the… More
Antonius Block
Considered one of Truffaut's finest films and an homage to the filmmaking process, this movie is about a French cast and crew in the process of making a… More
Byron Brubaker
From the opening credits to the last frame it is great fun to see behind the scenes of the making of a movie. What is going on in the cast's and… More
Robert Brogan
Day for Night is fine if viewed with modest expectations. As a comedy, it is amusing. As art, it is mildly interesting. As a film, it comes off as dated and… More