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Plot, Details & Awards

Day for Night

(1973)
PG In Theaters 10/2/1998 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

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 other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead (Truffaut 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 Truffaut masterworks, but it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director François Truffaut Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Jean-Louis Richard Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay François Truffaut Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Valentina Cortese Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Suzanne Schiffman Nominated
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film François Truffaut Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director François Truffaut Won
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture François Truffaut Won
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Valentina Cortese Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film Nominated
1973 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Valentina Cortese Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director François Truffaut Won
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture François Truffaut Won
1973 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Valentina Cortese Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 National Society of Film Critics Best Director François Truffaut Won
1973 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
1973 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Valentina Cortese Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director François Truffaut Won
1973 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won
1973 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Valentina Cortese Won

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