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Day for Night (Widescreen)

Jacqueline Bisset , Jean-Pierre Léaud , François Truffaut    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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 OscarO-winning Best Foreign Language Film (1973) that speaks the language of everyone who loves movies. JACQUELINE BISSET, JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT, VALENTINA CORTESE, NATHALIE BAYE and Truffaut star.


François Truffaut's lavish and fun 1973 comedy-drama about a film production is a clever hall of mirrors, with Truffaut himself playing a director, and his most important actor in real life, Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows), portraying Jacqueline Bisset's immature costar. Day for Night is full of tales undoubtedly told out of school and repeated here in camouflage, and one can't help but be impressed with the stylistic and technical means by which Truffaut captures the adventurousness of a full-budget shoot. The cast is very good all around, with actors in some cases playing fictional thespians and in other cases playing members of the crew. A sequence set to thrilling music by Georges Delerue celebrates the whole art of filmmaking as seen from an editor's perspective--it makes one want to drop everything and shoot a film of one's own. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER VOTE FOR A SUBTITLED VERSION July 28 2002
By quaco
Format:VHS Tape
In giving a star rating, I'm torn between rating the film itself and rating the video in its dubbed state. So lest anyone criticize me for "giving it one star just because of the dubbing"...
I am not a cinema expert by any means, but I have seen the subtitled version and I have seen the dubbed version, and the subtitled version is much funnier and more enjoyable. So you have to read a little, so what? I am curious why they chose to release the dubbed version on video and not the subtitled one. Probably thinking that, since it is such an immediate and enjoyable movie about movies, it might actually sell to English-speaking audiences as a "Player"-esque comedy, romp, etc.
I can understand this, but can we please please see a release with subtitles?
I know a lot of information gets lost in the subtitling, so it's far from perfect either, but at least it's not actively disturbing, like when hackneyed American voices with little (or the wrong) feeling come out of mouths that are moving completely differently. Also, I like hearing the language be spoken. I like the sound of French voices in French movies. It's what the movie is supposed to sound like. Just as westerns sound right with American voices.
Maybe I'm weird, but I can barely watch the subtitled version. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it (2 stars perhaps). But the movie itself is wonderful! Don't buy the video, but do go see it in the theater if you get the chance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Finally Here With Subtitles! March 26 2003
For years i have been not watching this film -- one of my very favourites -- because it was only available on VHS in an abysmally-dubbed version.
Well, now it's on DVD with the original French track and subtitles in English, and it's just as great as i've been remembering it from the last chance i had to see it theatrically.
The video transfer looks excellent, the sound is good, and the film is the film.
And there are goodies galore on the DVD as well; i haven't finished all of them yet.
If you haven't seen this film, now is the time to do so.
((The dubbed track is included for people who simply can't deal with subtitles.))
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now, while you still can. July 18 2004
If you're thinking about it at all, you should buy this DVD as soon as possible, because it looks likely to go out of print. I read a news article this week saying that the estate of Truffaut has sued Warner Bros. to stop making this DVD.
Apparently Warner had the rights to the film for 30 years, which ended May 24, 2003. Warner released this DVD in the US on March 18, 2003, and the Truffaut heirs say this was knowingly done to get in before the deadline. Apparently excess stocks of books and movies are usually allowed to be sold even after rights have been lost. However, the Truffaut estate claims Warner released this DVD so close to the expiration of their rights that they are abusing this. They want a large amount of money and for the DVD to be pulled from stores, because they say Truffaut and his estate never got much if any money from Warner Bros.
However this gets resolved, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see this well made DVD, which finally offers the film in the original French, just quietly disappear from the market at some point soon. If you want it, pick it up now, before it's going for $100 at ebay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best film about filmmaking... March 7 2004
If you have any interest in filmmaking, just buy this film. Don't even debate the question. Day for Night is the best film about filmmaking there is. We have Truffaut playing a thinly veiled characterization of himself. Of course, Jean-Pierre Leaud is there as well as an immature actor. Plus, Jacqueline Bisset at her most beautiful.
The film captures the French's love of film - from the way that Truffaut collects film books to the way that Leaud spends every possible moment going to the movies. The best line of dialogue is when Truffaut says "When I begin, I try to make the best picture possible. Half-way through, I just try to finish." Anyone who has ever worked on a film set will see that some things are eternal - the way all actors are children, and all the drama that develops. More than anything else, the film captures the sad quality of making and losing a family. A film crew comes together for about a month, spend all their time together, become very close, and leave for the next project. No wonder no one in show business is normal.
I watched the dubbed version of this film. I usually prefer subtitles, but in this instance the dubbing was perfectly acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If your French is poor, be ready to read a lot! Feb. 25 2004
By jumpy1
As the film began, I was annoyed (because I'm not a great fan of Truffault). By the end I was in grateful tears. A truly inspiring film about making art. In it, Truffault rightly predicts the future of filmmaking -- that films would be made on the streets, independent of Hollywood.
Like any Truffault film, one must be in the mood to enjoy intellectual banter and slow development to get to the heart of it. This was very Altman-esque, with lots of activity and talk at once making the subtitles difficult to follow. Yet once I resolved myself to sitting close enough to read constantly, I was completely taken up with the beauty. Truffault brilliantly illustrates the experience of being an artist in a medium that requires so many tedious details to be taken care of. The actors are superb and the characters are developed brilliantly, beginning the film as the caricatures that they present to strangers, and becoming more developed as they get to know one another. The music was also a suprise, as instead of using it as background filler or to create suspense, he brings in distinct themes at certain parts to draw one into greater understanding. Long live the DVD format -- watching the accompanying interviews was a great learning experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Film by a True Film Master = a True Delight
This DVD of Francois Truffaut's charming 1973 classic "Day for Night" is a wonderful little movie - very bright, funny, warm, cute, inviting, entertaining, informative,... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by E. Dolnack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Letter About Film
Hollywood keeps making films that, since "Sunset Boulevard," see filmmaking as some kind of gothic tragedy. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Malcolm E. Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate but penetrating
La Nuit Américaine is an interesting movie with celebrated French director Francois Truffaut playing a director making a movie. Read more
Published on May 24 2003 by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Time Great
Day For Night (La Nuit Americaine) is one of the finest movies ever made about the movies. Although its story is rather trivial and melodramatic, the good humor and wit, the beauty... Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by Thomas Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars "Are women magic?" Truffaut's movies are!
The question Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Leaud) keeps asking all the male characters in hopes of finding the meaning of women, as he hopes to figure out his own relationship with the... Read more
Published on March 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUFFAUT'S MASTERPIECE
Firstly a tip for those of you who long for a subtitled version of DAY FOR NIGHT. You can buy now at www.amazon.fr an incredible 2 DVD edition of François Truffaut's masterpiece. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2002 by Daniel S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Half the Stars a Subtitled Copy Would Rate
A wonderful film; the opening shot (with its surprise followup) is my second-favourite example of how camera movement can make or break a scene (my all-time favourite is that... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Fairportfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacqueline Bisset, Truffault trisquit!
Easily one of the best, and true, "movies about a movie". And also probably one of Truffault's best (a lot of his moives, for those that haven't seen them, sort of go on... Read more
Published on July 27 2002 by George B. Moise
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