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.