History Film / DayForNight

1st Oct '17 4:39:57 PM notahandle
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For the filming technique, see HollywoodDarkness.

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For the filming technique, technique (which the film takes its name from), see HollywoodDarkness.
14th Mar '17 4:02:40 PM jormis29
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* ShoutOut: To ''The Rules Of The Game'', the Renoir film which inspired ''Day for Night'', which gets title-dropped and quoted outright.

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* ShoutOut: To ''The Rules Of The Game'', ''Film/TheRulesOfTheGame'', the Renoir film which inspired ''Day for Night'', which gets title-dropped and quoted outright.
4th Jan '17 4:53:34 PM jamespolk
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* TroubledProduction: In-universe example. Between a power failure at the processing lab ruining footage of a key scene, Severine's alcoholism, Stacey's previously undisclosed pregnancy, Alphonse's relationship troubles, Julie's delicate emotional state following a nervous breakdown, a tight shooting schedule, and [[spoiler:Alexandre dying in a car crash with several key scenes left to film]], nothing seems to go as planned for ''Meet Pamela''. [[spoiler:Against the odds, filming is completed, but not as originally intended.]]
* UnknownCharacter: After [[spoiler:Alexandre]] dies, the film has to stop production until they find out how the insurance company will cover the accident. The insurance adjuster shows up and explains they can handle the cost of doing only a few days of re-shooting (not enough to replace the actor altogether). What Truffaut didn't know was that the insurance adjuster (who is uncredited in the film) was the famous author Creator/GrahamGreene. Greene was delighted to have the chance to actually appear in a film with Truffaut, whose work he admired, but Truffaut was disappointed that he didn't find out until later, as he admired Greene's work too.

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* TroubledProduction: In-universe example. Between a power failure at the processing lab ruining footage of a key scene, Severine's alcoholism, Stacey's previously undisclosed pregnancy, Alphonse's relationship troubles, Julie's delicate emotional state following a nervous breakdown, a tight shooting schedule, and [[spoiler:Alexandre Alexandre dying in a car crash with several key scenes left to film]], film, nothing seems to go as planned for ''Meet Pamela''. [[spoiler:Against Against the odds, filming is completed, but not as originally intended.]]
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* UnknownCharacter: After [[spoiler:Alexandre]] Alexandre dies, the film has to stop production until they find out how the insurance company will cover the accident. The insurance adjuster shows up and explains they can handle the cost of doing only a few days of re-shooting (not enough to replace the actor altogether). What Truffaut didn't know was that the insurance adjuster (who is uncredited in the film) was the famous author Creator/GrahamGreene. Greene was delighted to have the chance to actually appear in a film with Truffaut, whose work he admired, but Truffaut was disappointed that he didn't find out until later, as he admired Greene's work too.
4th Jan '17 4:50:44 PM jamespolk
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* GratuitousEnglish: Truffaut was fond of this trope. He gets a few bits of English, most obviously in the scene where a drunk Severine, constantly botching her lines, starts muttering in English for no reason at all.

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* GratuitousEnglish: Truffaut was fond of this trope. He gets in a few bits of English, most obviously in the scene where a drunk Severine, constantly botching her lines, starts muttering in English for no reason at all.
4th Jan '17 4:30:19 PM jamespolk
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''Day for Night'', known originally in French as ''La Nuit Américaine'', is a 1973 film by FrenchNewWave director [[FrancoisTruffaut François Truffaut]], dealing with the trials and tribulations of making a film named ''Meet Pamela'' (''Je vous présente Pamela'' in the original French), about a woman who has an affair with her father-in-law. However, every possible complication manages to appear, putting the film in jeopardy.

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''Day for Night'', known originally in French as ''La Nuit Américaine'', is a 1973 comedy film by FrenchNewWave UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave director [[FrancoisTruffaut François Truffaut]], dealing Truffaut]].

It deals
with the trials and tribulations of making a film named ''Meet Pamela'' (''Je vous présente Pamela'' in the original French), Pamela'', about a woman who has an affair with her father-in-law. However, every possible complication manages to appear, putting the film in jeopardy.
jeopardy. Among the happenings during production:

* The female lead of ''Meet Pamela'', Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset), has only recently returned to work following a nervous breakdown, and has attracted tabloid attention by marrying a doctor who is at least twice her age.
* One of the actresses turns out to be pregnant, which threatens to wreck the shooting schedule.
* Severine, the actress who plays the older wife in ''Meet Pamela'', is an alcoholic who is drunk on set and has great difficulty remembering her lines.
* Alphonse, the actor who plays the younger male lead in ''Meet Pamela'', is engaged to be married to a production assistant on this film, but his fiancée has a case of YourCheatingHeart.
* The harried director, Ferrand (played by Truffaut) has to juggle all this and other more routine problems like film that's ruined in developing, or a tight shooting schedule that he can't get extended, or a rebellious stage cat.



* AmericanTitle: Only in French!



* ChronicallyKilledActor: InUniverse. Alexandre mentions how he's made 80 films and died 24 times, killed in 24 exotic ways, but never died a natural death on-screen.



* {{Dedication}}: To actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish (showing a still of the two at the beginning of the film).
* DeletedScene: In-universe example. [[spoiler:Alexandre's death]] and the insurance agent's refusal to cover the cost of recasting the role mean that his remaining scenes must be dropped from the shooting schedule, and several sequences which have already been shot but for which his footage has not been filmed are also cut from the finished film.

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* {{Dedication}}: To actresses Lillian [[Creator/LillianGish Lillian]] and Dorothy Gish (showing a still of the two at the beginning of the film).
* DeletedScene: In-universe example. [[spoiler:Alexandre's death]] Alexandre's death and the insurance agent's refusal to cover the cost of recasting the role mean that his remaining scenes must be dropped from the shooting schedule, and several sequences which have already been shot but for which his footage has not been filmed are also cut from the finished film.film.
* DiabolusExMachina: The last obstacle comes out of nowhere when Alexandre is killed in a car wreck.



* FakeShemp: In-universe example: [[spoiler:Alexandre dies in a car crash before filming the scene in which he is shot by Alphonse. The scene is shot with a stand-in seen only from behind.]]

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* FakeShemp: In-universe example: [[spoiler:Alexandre Alexandre dies in a car crash before filming the scene in which he is shot by Alphonse. The scene is shot with a stand-in seen only from behind.]]



* GratuitousEnglish: Truffaut was fond of this trope. He gets a few bits of English, most obviously in the scene where a drunk Severine, constantly botching her lines, starts muttering in English for no reason at all.



* RomanceOnTheSet: In-Universe, ''Day for Night'' is made of this trope. Alphonse bets his girlfriend Liliane as a script-girl so she can be with him during the production, she then falls in love with the stuntman and runs off, heartbroken Alphonse has a fling on the rebound with Julie, while a number of other members of the team also have affairs with each other. Hilariously {{Lampshaded}} in the rant by Mme. Lajoie, who is only on the set to watch her husband so he doesn't engage in any hanky-panky.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: In-Universe, ''Day for Night'' is made of this trope. Alphonse bets gets his girlfriend Liliane a job as a script-girl so she can be with him during the production, she then falls in love with the stuntman and runs off, heartbroken Alphonse has a fling on the rebound with Julie, while a number of other members of the team also have affairs with each other. Hilariously {{Lampshaded}} in the rant by Mme. Lajoie, who is only on the set to watch her husband so he doesn't engage in any hanky-panky.
31st Dec '16 10:38:53 PM jamespolk
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* BookEnds: An entertainment news crew is on scene to interview people at the beginning and the end.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The news crew interviews a prop guy and asks him how the production went. He says that it went great, then he looks at the camera and says he hopes the audience enjoys watching it as much as they enjoyed making it. Then the film ends.



%%* StraightGay: Alexandre. zero context


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* VideoCredits: Inserts of all the actors play over high-altitude shots of the crew.
31st Dec '16 10:27:16 PM jamespolk
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* ActorExistenceFailure: In-universe example: [[spoiler:Alexandre dies in a car crash before filming the scene in which he is shot by Alphonse. The scene is shot with a stand-in seen only from behind.]]


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* FakeShemp: In-universe example: [[spoiler:Alexandre dies in a car crash before filming the scene in which he is shot by Alphonse. The scene is shot with a stand-in seen only from behind.]]
31st Dec '16 8:06:33 PM jamespolk
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* EndOfAnEra: How Ferrand sees [[spoiler:the death of Alexandre for film-making as a whole]].

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* EndOfAnEra: How Ferrand sees [[spoiler:the the death of Alexandre for film-making as a whole]].whole.


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* HollywoodDarkness: The scene with the stuntman will be shot in what the French call "Nuit Américaine" but Americans call "day for night".
30th Apr '16 1:20:13 AM C2
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* HideYourPregnancy: In a scene where Janelle, the woman who is the secretary of the Father-in-law, gets out of a pool to take a letter for him, the crew discover she's just barely pregnant, and by the time she comes back in six weeks for the main part of her scenes, she will be obviously several months pregnant. They have to figure out a way to cover the issue, but they can't simply have her seen as pregnant as it will complicate the story by making the audience think her boss knocked her up.

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* HideYourPregnancy: In-universe. In a scene where Janelle, the woman who is the secretary of the Father-in-law, gets out of a pool to take a letter for him, the crew discover she's just barely pregnant, and by the time she comes back in six weeks for the main part of her scenes, she will be obviously several months pregnant. They have to figure out a way to cover the issue, but they can't simply have her seen as pregnant as it will complicate the story by making the audience think her boss knocked her up.
26th Jan '16 1:35:47 AM gallium
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** Alphonse and Julie have a conversation by shouting across at each other from open windows, very similar to a famous shot from ''JulesEtJim''.

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** Alphonse and Julie have a conversation by shouting across at each other from open windows, very similar to a famous shot from ''JulesEtJim''.''Film/JulesAndJim''.
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