Fifth about The Seventh

Day for Night (La Nuit Américaine)

Day for Night: François Truffaut knew firsthand, of course, the challenges, hardships, pressure as well as the joy of the filmmaking process; that’s why this film results so pleasurable. It’s also a caring and quite insightful (even if lightly farcical and naïve) look at the dynamics of a movie set and the web of relationships between the engaging set of characters. The cast is very convincing: Valentina Cortese is great as the star trying to cling to something past her; Jacqueline Bisset is gorgeous and delicate; Jean-Pierre Aumont is dignified; Nathalie Baye is also great as the voice of reason. Cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn’s camerawork is elegant, particularly in the film-within-the-film (the opening shot is marvelous). Georges Delerue’s musical score is amazing: its main theme at the same time grand, triumphant, but with melancholic notes; it matches the film quite well.

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