Day for Night (1973)

“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.” – Ferrand

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A look behind the scenes of a major movie from the perspective of the Director and the other principals in making the film who he must coddle through the process.

My Take on it – In my quest to expand my repertoire of films that I’ve watched, I recently decided to start watching more foreign language films since I have purposely avoided them over the years.

This film was another one that I knew absolutely nothing about before seeing it, but was quite impressed with the finished product.

The story itself is done really well even if things are a bit odd or strange.

Director Francois Truffaut cast himself in the lead role here which was a brilliant idea since as a famed director, he was quite familiar with the kind of character that he played.

This film gives us an inside look at the very difficult and trying job of a Director while making a film because of all of the various personalities that he must deal with while trying to finish making any film.

He must deal with the cast and crew both on and off screen in order to get his job done properly.

Truffaut was deservingly nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for this role yet I doubt any of the nominees had a chance against Francis Ford Coppola who directed The Godfather Part II (1974) that year.

Bottom Line – Great idea that works despite it being a bit odd. The fact that Truffaut cast himself in the lead was a great idea since he is quite familiar with the way things actually work.  We are given an inside look at how difficult the life of a director can be while making a film because of the fact that he must deal with so much in order to find a way to accomplish his task. Truffaut was deservingly nominated for Best Director for this film but there was little chance of him outdoing Coppola for The Godfather Part II (1974)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As Severine (Valentina Cortese) has more and more trouble remembering her lines (blowing several takes), Ferrand eventually writes her lines on pieces of paper that can be stuck up on the set out of sight of the camera, so that she can read them. It doesn’t really work here. However, Truffaut used the same trick for himself when he was having trouble remembering his English lines in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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