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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. Truffaut 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… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a hilarious and informative movie, and in the pantheon of films about filmmaking, it strikes a neat balance between the operatic neuroses of '8 1/2' and the warm, pastel-hued nostalgia of 'Singin' in the Rain'."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Though not one of Truffaut's strongest works, this loving tribute to the chaotic process of filmmaking is charming, which may explain its win of the best foreign language film Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is a breezy, richly enjoyable if not especially profound film about cinema: it conjures the ambient, dizzy sexiness of movie artifice, and it's also notable for a remarkable cameo by Graham Greene."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Truffaut clearly communicates his consummate love for film in ways certain to bring knowing smiles to all movie lovers"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Truffaut is looking at the world from inside a glorious obsession: everyone outside looks a little gray and dim."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It is a Pirandellian affair, an elegiac celebration of a dying kind of cinema, a meditation on the connection between film and life by Truffaut..."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"[An] exhilarating, Oscar-winning celebration of the movie-making process."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"It might not be a great film or one of Truffaut's arty ones, but it's entertaining, observant and witty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Day for Night exudes all the enchantment, zaniness and transitory pleasures of the movie-making business."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A poem in praise of making movies. Not good movies, not bad movies -- movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the great love letters to the chaos and creativity, joy and sorrow of movie-making."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Cinephiles will lap it up."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Um filme feito por e para amantes do Cinema."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Truffaut's love affair with motion pictures is evident in every scene."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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