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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. [[Performer~P114620~Truffaut~françoistruffaut]] gently satirizes his own films with "Meet Pamela"'s overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. One of the central actresses is continually drunk due to family problems, while the other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead ([[Performer~P114620~Truffaut~françoistruffaut]] regular Jean-Pierre Leaud) starts to act erratically when his intermittent romance with the fickle script girl begins to fail. In addition to all this personal drama, the film is besieged by technical problems, from difficult tracking shots to stubborn animal actors. The inspiration for future satires of movie-making from Living in Oblivion to Irma Vep, La nuit américaine was considered slight by some critics in comparison to earlier [[Performer~P114620~Truffaut~françoistruffaut]] masterworks, but it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 1973

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Suzanne Schiffman Best Original Screenplay 1974 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Valentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress 1973 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Valentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress 1973 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Valentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress 1973 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Valentina Cortese Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Valentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress 1974 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean-Louis Richard Best Original Screenplay 1974 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts François Truffaut Best Director 1973 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts François Truffaut Best Picture 1973 Winner
National Society of Film Critics François Truffaut Best Director 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences François Truffaut Best Foreign Language Film 1973 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle François Truffaut Best Director 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences François Truffaut Best Original Screenplay 1974 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences François Truffaut Best Director 1974 Nominee

Cast

Jacqueline Bisset
as Julie
Valentina Cortese
as Séverine
François Truffaut
as Ferrand
Alexandra Stewart
as Stacey
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Alexandre
Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Alphonse
Dani
as Assistant Continuity Girl
Nike Arrighi
as Monique
Bernard Menez
as Property Man
Walter Bal
as Walter (Cinematographer)
Jean Champion
as Bertrand
Jean Panisse
as Arthur
Marcel Berbert
as French Insurance Broker
Jean-François Stévenin
as Jean-Francois
Nathalie Baye
as Joelle
Christophe Vesque
as Boy with Cane in Dream Sequences
David Markham
as Dr. Nelson
Gaston Joly
as Gaston Lajoie, the Production Manager

Crew

François Truffaut
Director
Marcel Berbert
Producer
François Truffaut
Screenwriter
Suzanne Schiffman
Screenwriter
Jean-Louis Richard
Screenwriter
Pierre-Wiliam Glenn
Cinematographer
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Yan Dedet
Editor
Damien Lanfranchi
Art Director
Monique Dury
Costume Designer
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