Day for Night
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Day for Night

1973
Romance
Comedy
1h 56m
The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of an english married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband (imdb)
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Day for Night

1973
Romance
Comedy
1h 56m
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Rated 04 Mar 2016
58
61st
I hate French movies. I hate their pretentious stories and their pretentious actors. I hate the pretentious fashion and the pretentious chanson soundtracks. I hate the pretentious titles and the pretentious English translations of those titles. I hate the pretentious people who love them and the pretentious person inside me who hates all this pretentiousness. But I liked this movie. GODAMMIT FRANCE. I hate you even more now. My Final Rating: 6.5 berets / 10 Royales with Cheese.
Rated 10 Aug 2018
90
90th
I had a friend that borrowed my copy of From Dusk til Dawn on dvd and managed to put in the wrong disc. The next day he told me it sucked and when prodded revealed he'd watched the Full Tilt Boogie documentary of the making of the film for half an hour before he gave up. I guess that's unrelated. Doesn't feel like it though.
Rated 26 Mar 2009
5
93rd
Cinema is life.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
77th
Marvelous comedy from Truffaut that is both a celebration of film, and a satire of the absurdity that surrounds it. Quite watchable, though perhaps not very re-watchable.
Rated 16 Jan 2010
90
85th
The day may come when I'll be tired of watching films about film making, but I don't expect it'll be here any time soon. I already knew that Truffaut was just a film fanboy who's playing at being a director, and Day for Night proves it. He might just be the greatest pretender there ever was, though. It must've been hard for him and all the others to separate his performance in the film from his job as director of the film. Then again, the same could be said for every part of the film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
Another magical film by Truffaut. Although there are fewer sublime moments than in Jules et Jim or 400 Blows, the humor and eccentricity of the characters makes up for it.
Rated 02 Jan 2017
79
77th
A film about people who love making them, and the way their lives are changed for better or worse while doing so. Feels like a documentary half the time, and it drew me in surprisingly quickly. Switches easily and often between being upbeat, casual, hectic, sad, funny, and melancholy. To any time travelers reading this in the future; if you're heading to 60's or 70's France, please let me hitch a ride.
Rated 04 Nov 2007
91
93rd
Absolutely hilarious satire on the making of a film. Any movie buff will love this.
Rated 04 Apr 2010
10
97th
Beneath the festive comedy that is 'Meet Pamela' lies an interesting commentary on the ups and downs of the filmmaking process as we witness the cast & crew grow closer and apart with each new situation. We're invited into a world we mostly consider as hidden and intangible, yet presented as a welcoming and lively environment. One of the finest and funniest films about filmmaking. Léaud is unintentionally hilarious as the smooth-talking, naive Alphonse. Really, what's not to love about him ?
Rated 04 Aug 2007
93
96th
COuld be the best movie about film making...
Rated 04 May 2009
95
95th
The second best film about filmmaking ever made. Women might not be magic and men might not be magic, but Truffaut is.
Rated 02 Dec 2009
9
94th
"Movies go on like trains in the night."
Rated 27 Nov 2012
85
94th
Truffaut shows us all the particulars, generalities and absurdities about film production interspersed with an array of fun on and off-set entanglements between cast and crew. It's a must-watch for anyone with a fleeting interest in filmmaking or any semblance of love for cinema. Made me sit, enchanted, with a big goofy grin on my face for two hours. Also made me want to fire up my old 'Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair' PC game.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
The ultimate film about cinema. Nostalgic and beautiful.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
79
72nd
Truffaut has an infectious love for film and filmmaking that bleeds right through the screen and into the hearts of the viewers. It's all controlled chaos but somehow something magical can be pulled out of it. There are a few flaws, specifically a few bizarre montages edited in a horrible New Wave way, and a slow second half. Still, it's a fun watch. Thinking about how it was filmed with all the self-referencing is mind-boggling.
Rated 15 May 2015
75
51st
I feel there wasn't a lot to this, yet I certainly enjoyed it. I've not seen a film that looks at the production of a film so specifically before, it's like a fictionalised film of a behind the scenes feature. I think people interested in film production (like myself) will find this more interesting and entertaining than others (not to mention a little more depressing). A couple of the montages here are some of the best love-letters to film I've ever seen in a film.
Rated 06 Feb 2017
60
48th
As far as French meta films about the film making process are concerned, Day For Night is certainly no Contempt, not least because the personal dramas experienced by the actors behind the scenes are just not as compelling. Unfortunately their affairs, doubts and grievances dominate the second half, and they don't really bleed into the 'on set' reality in an interesting way. The early scenes of Truffaut directing his cast, trying to control chaos, work best and are a pure delight
Rated 18 Jul 2010
70
72nd
I tend not to enjoy films about the filmmaking process, but Day For Night is a genuinely fun and lovely movie. Truffaut's adoration for what he does is really apparent. "I need some money to go to a whorehouse" is just a hilarious and perfect line, too.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
3
38th
Alternate title: "Terry Gilliam's Every Waking Moment." Seriously, though, this is as lighthearted and joyous a movie as you can find. It's a comedy of misunderstandings and mistakes, but its characters prevail through every problem big and small, which is what makes them so endearing. And I'll never complain about getting to look at Jacqueline Bisset for two hours. What a babe.
Rated 04 May 2009
90
92nd
I really enjoyed that
Rated 20 Apr 2008
6
54th
Truffaut's love letter to filmaking and the chaos that surrounds it.
Rated 16 Oct 2007
85
90th
One of the greatest films about film-making, and the only one that presents it as a joyous, social and invigorating experience (as opposed to the living hell of films like Living in Oblivion). And like all of Truffaut's films it's infused with a deep love for people, life, and mainly cinema.
Rated 23 Aug 2007
83
72nd
A funny well shot movie, it's equal parts a commentary on movie making and on personal relationships. There are a lot of nice touches, but occasionally Truffaut goes overboard, like all the references to filmmakers scattered throughout the film.
Rated 30 Jan 2009
100
97th
Epic cat scene
Rated 28 Sep 2022
5
70th
I also like movies :-)
Rated 25 Aug 2022
84
82nd
This is by far my favorite Truffaut I've seen to date, and is one of the better movies about making movies. It basically traces the making of a fictional film and all that entails. The acting is strong, especially from Truffaut himself (playing the director) and Jacqueline Bisset. Often funny, and it's especially a treat to get a look at how certain types of scenes are filmed and the kind of decisions directors need to make on a day to day basis. Great film.
Rated 29 May 2022
81
57th
Movies are cool!!!!!! Making movies is a logistical nightmare that leads to magic!!!!!!! Kitties rule!!!!!!!!!
Rated 08 Aug 2021
98
99th
The director takes great joy in submitting to the screen - to the analysis - various pieces of evidence and symbols in a trial on his life, which is also his film; amidst the scenes that play out his life, he remains the observer, the person being asked without taking part. The joy of this position which is from without any kind of self in the images, without any 'true' participation, makes Truffaut the Ozu of the west.
Rated 24 Mar 2019
70
53rd
Director Ferrand: "Come on Alphonse. Go back to your room, re-read the script, learn your lines, then try to sleep. Tomorrow we work. That's what matters. Don't be a fool. You're a very good actor. No one's private life runs smoothly. That only happens in the movies. No traffic jams, no dead periods. Movies go along like trains in the night. And people like you and me are only happy in our work. I'm counting on you."
Rated 15 Mar 2019
90
77th
90.00
Rated 11 Dec 2018
70
90th
It gives you feeling for how relationships are built while creating a movie. The characters feel real and are fully developed in the time allowed.
Rated 02 Dec 2018
70
56th
Truffaut's framing of the film-within-a-film is masterful. Shame the various plot threads don't always connect too well structurally, because it's clear Truffaut has many things he wants to say about cinema as an art form here.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
71st
Score based on distant memory.
Rated 15 Apr 2018
80
78th
A movie-inside-a-movie: It's a fun riff on the parallels of film and real life. This is one of the few movies I've been anxious to listen to a director's commentary on, but alas, there wasn't one on my copy. Instead of the question "Are women magic?" we ponder "Are movies magic," and this one certainly is.
Rated 12 Sep 2023
77
64th
This is a fictional but very in depth look at the making of a movie. This film has a good ensemble cast. The script is not fancy but it works. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 21 Feb 2008
70
78th
Doesn't matter if it's good or bad, just film it!
Rated 28 Sep 2023
40
15th
Overacted and overrated and to come out with some broadstroking discriminatory content i'm really not convinved the french are good at humor but that could be my prejudices. I kept watching bc watching a film being made will always interest me. i was devastatingly uninterested in the farces around the characters though.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
86
77th
# 278
Rated 08 Nov 2012
70
42nd
08 Kasim 12 & Truffaut tüm filmografisi boyunca deştiği soruları tekrardan, daha farklı bir yol ile deşiyor. "Sinema hayatın kendisinden önemli midir?" ve "Kadınlar büyülü müdür?"
Rated 08 Oct 2012
95
99th
Truffaut's déclaration d'amour au cinema...
Rated 18 Sep 2012
90
92nd
A very fun film. Stylistically, it's fairly close to Altman with its loose narrative and unique ensemble of characters, and watching them interact is, like with Altman, a pure joy. Thoroughly entertaining.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
87
74th
#269
Rated 12 Sep 2011
43
16th
DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
Rated 04 Aug 2011
95
93rd
Such a joyous, delightful movie that's hard not to love. The balance between the movie's movie and the actual movie blows my mind.
Rated 19 Jun 2011
90
79th
Truffaut loves cinema, I love Truffaut, I love cinema and I love this film.
Rated 05 Dec 2008
9
93rd
Not the typical Truffaut - more of his love affair with filmmaking. This is the type of movie Godard always wanted to make but never did. I love Jean-Pierre Leaud.
Rated 08 Oct 2010
99
78th
I can watch this film over and over again and still be mesmerized by it.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
95
95th
Em honra de Valentina Cortese (1923 - 2019). Por muitos anos esse foi meu Truffaut favorito - e meu primeiro do diretor desde que o vi numa madrugada da rede globo nos anos 90 - pelo menos o fora até agora nessa revisão que o fez diminuir aos meus olhos, não que ainda não continue um grande filme, mas não é mais a obra-prima que eu imaginara nos meus dias de juventude. Box Versátil A Arte de François Truffaut.
Rated 19 Apr 2010
90
97th
Mistake - 1) During the filming of the car crash scene, when the stunt man backs up the car driving through the the open door, and when he jumps free as the "driverless" car supposedly heads for the cliff where it will crash, someone else is visible inside the car, actually driving.
Rated 18 Dec 2008
70
21st
A beautiful movie.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
86
72nd
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Rated 13 Jan 2010
87
74th
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Rated 19 Aug 2009
77
41st
I heard so much about how great this movie was... Truffaut's a genius, I heard... this is a 'movie person's movie' I was told... yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. Now don't get me wrong. The story was (somewhat) interesting and the cast of characters were (marginally) charming. But really, what's the big freakin' deal about this movie? Personally, I think it's a bit overrated.

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