Day for Night (film)

Day for Night ( original title: La Nuit américaine ) is a movie directed by François Truffaut.


A film is being shot. Six weeks the shooting of the film Je vous présente take Pamela, and it comes to the collective process of its formation: With their different expectations, characters and concepts of life the parties provoke from the cast and the team almost the emergence of strife, jealousy, stress and the much-vaunted artistic differences. However, they all share a common passion for the film, for all the sacrifices worthwhile.


The film uses a special method is used, which the viewer pretends night, although that scene was shot on the day. This filter trick is called Day -for -night (or even American night). Here, a blue filter is placed in front of the lens and the aperture of the camera blinded down one or two levels.

The American Night is dedicated to the Gish sisters ( Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish ).

Sequences from The American Night in 1978 found use in Truffaut's Love on the run. From Scriptvolontärin Liliane is now alleged in flashbacks Christine's friend Liliane, who has a brief affair with Antoine. In a dispute between Liliane and Alphonse from The American Night Claude Jade is mounted as Christine, so that the impression that the scene actually belong in the Doinel cycle.

Mathieu Carrière said the texts of the German audio description for the film, which was created in 2003 by Arte.


According to 1001 Truffaut films have drawn " the endearing portrait almost familial relationships between the cast and team." The character was " broad " and would " wise contrasts ". Truffaut also emphasize " the transience, fragility and unreality of life on the set ." The film put "open the many illusions of filmmaking, but it attacks the magic of cinema ultimately not to ." Truffaut had mainly laid to the " lightness of tone, the narrative flow " and optimum economy value. This would succeed him, the tightness of Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang with " the grace visual " of a Jean Renoir join.

The lexicon of the International film said, François Truffaut had " a stirring film about the events before and behind the camera a well-measured mix of tragedy and joy [ ... ] " staged in. The film was also a " at first glance lightweight, but actually designed with great stylistic virtuosity love letter to filmmaking and the world of cinema, with the boundaries between game and reality blur at times ."


The American Night was both 1974 and in 1975 nominated for an Oscar. First, as a French contribution for Best Foreign Language Film, in which he was able to prevail against the competition, and the following year in the categories of Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as with the actress Valentina Cortese in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Other nominations were for a Golden Globe Award. Furthermore, the film three BAFTA Awards, three New York Film Critics Circle Awards as well as prices of the U.S. National Society of Film Critics and the French Prix Méliès received.