Day for Night

Day for Night

Directed by François Truffaut • 1973 • France
Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Léaud

This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Valentina Cortese), and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Jacqueline Bisset). An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of sex and romance, DAY FOR NIGHT is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue.

Day for Night
  • Day for Night

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1973 • France
    Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Léaud

    This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous...

Extras

  • DAY FOR NIGHT Edition Intro

  • Dreams of Cinema

    This 2015 video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada explores the many layers of director Francois Truffaut’s masterpiece DAY FOR NIGHT.

  • Dudley Andrew on DAY FOR NIGHT

    By the time of DAY FOR NIGHT, French New Wave pillars François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard had gone in very different directions. After seeing Truffaut’s new film, Godard initiated an angry exchange of letters. In this May 2015 interview, film professor Dudley Andrew discusses how this episode g...

  • DAY FOR NIGHT: An Appreciation

    In this 2003 documentary, film scholar Annette Insdorf discusses DAY FOR NIGHT, analyzing its broader themes and describing its place in director François Truffaut’s career.

  • Truffaut: A View from the Inside

    This 1973 behind-the-scenes documentary features footage of director François Truffaut at work on the set of DAY FOR NIGHT.

  • François Truffaut: “Pour le cinéma”

    In the following interview with François Truffaut, conducted in 1973, the DAY FOR NIGHT filmmaker appears on the May 4 episode of the French television series “Pour le cinéma,” directed by Pierre Mignot.

  • François Truffaut: Cannes Interview

    In the following interview with François Truffaut, broadcast from Cannes on May 20, 1973, journalist Raymond Tortora asks Truffaut about his new film, DAY FOR NIGHT.

  • Pierre-William Glenn on DAY FOR NIGHT

    In this interview, conducted in Cannes in May 2015, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn reminisces about shooting DAY FOR NIGHT and working with director François Truffaut.

  • Jacqueline Bisset on DAY FOR NIGHT

    In this 2003 interview, Jacqueline Bisset talks about the pleasure of making DAY FOR NIGHT and how important it was for her career.

  • Jean-Pierre Aumont on DAY FOR NIGHT

    The following interview with DAY FOR NIGHT actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, from the French television series “Le dernier des cinq,” was broadcast on May 27, 1973, and directed by Colette Thiriet.

  • Nathalie Baye on DAY FOR NIGHT

    This interview with DAY FOR NIGHT actor Nathalie Baye was conducted in 2003.

  • Bernard Menez on DAY FOR NIGHT

    In this 2003 interview, actor Bernard Menez talks about the shooting of DAY FOR NIGHT and how he got the role of prop master.

  • Yann Dedet on DAY FOR NIGHT

    In this 2003 interview, editor Yann Dedet talks about director François Truffaut’s postproduction process on DAY FOR NIGHT.

  • Martine Barraque on DAY FOR NIGHT

    In the following interview, conducted in Cannes in May 2015, assistant editor Martine Barraque discusses the process of editing DAY FOR NIGHT with director François Truffaut and editor Yann Dedet.

  • Archival Footage: Truffaut Shoots DAY FOR NIGHT

    Presented here is an October 4, 1972, newsreel documenting the shooting of DAY FOR NIGHT.

  • Archival Footage: On DAY FOR NIGHT

    Presented here is “On DAY FOR NIGHT,” the June 8, 1973, episode of the series “Pour le cinéma,” directed by Pierre Mignot.

  • Truffaut at the National Society of Film Critics

    Presented here is the January 23, 1974, episode of the series “JT nuit,” in which Roland Mehl reports on DAY FOR NIGHT director François Truffaut’s appearance at the National Society of Film Critics in New York.