Francois Truffaut’s love letter to cinema stands as one of the greatest films about the thrill, challenges, and insanity of filmmaking.
The product of an unhappy, loveless home, Truffaut began using films to escape the exigencies of reality at age seven, virtually living in various Parisian movie houses. He left school to go to work at 14, and, one year later, founded a film club, which brought him to the attention of influential cinema critic Andre Bazin. Over the next few years, Bazin both financed and protected Truffaut. In 1953, Bazin hired Truffaut as a critic/essayist for Cahiers du Cinema. It was in the January 1954 edition that Truffaut published his landmark essay “A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema,” in which he attacked directors who merely ground out films without any personal cinematic vision; he also propounded the auteur theory, which opined that the only directors worth serious consideration were those who left their own individual signatures on each of their films. Truffaut noted that writing critiques enabled him to understand why he loved films and to rationalize his reasons for liking them… read more
Truffaut’s ode to cinema - dedicated to original ingénues Lillian and Dorothy Gish - presents an authentic yet light-hearted reconstruction of the filmmaking process featuring the man himself. Most of the cast, if not playing themselves, play roles as part of the film-within-a-film set-up, with cheeky self-references (Léaud’s character, named Alphonse, after his child from the Antoine Doinel films). Equal parts fascination and frivolity, with all its rambling, real-life quotidian; here made entertaining.
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Francois Truffaut’s “Day For Night” is a masterpiece in filmmaking. I think this is the best movie about making a movie, and as a movie lover, I also think this movie will be as well a study or lesson… read review
From the opening credits to the last frame it is great fun to see behind the scenes of the making of a movie. What is going on in the cast’s and crew’s private lives and how it affects the movie being… read review