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Day for Night

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Original title
La Nuit américaine
Running time
115 min.
France France
François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, Suzanne Schiffman
Georges Delerue
Pierre-William Glenn
Co-production France-Italy; Les Films du Carrosse, PECF, PECF
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Film In Film
Synopsis / Plot
A film company at work. Actors arrive and depart; liaisons develop. Julie, the beautiful but possibly unstable lead, is recovering from a breakdown, aided by an older physician, her new husband. Alphonse is insecure, he babbles. When his fiance exits with a stunt man, he threatens to quit. Julie must convince him to stay. Alexandre, a consummate pro on the set, runs back and forth to the airport hoping a certain young man will visit. Severine, no longer young, hits the bottle and covers blown lines with emotional outbursts. At the center is Ferrand, the writer director, who must make constant decisions, answer a stream of questions, and deliver the film on schedule.
1973: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1973: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Film
1973: BAFTA Awards: Best Film, Best Director & Best Supp. Actres (Cortese)
1973: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director & Supp. Actress (Cortese)
1974: Oscar: Nominated for Secondary Actress (Cortese), Director & Original Screenplay
1973: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection (Out Of Competition)
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