This movie is about the filming of a new movie being made within the world of this film. The movie being produced in this film is a romantic movie with plenty of drama between lovers. "Behind the scenes" of the film as well, we see the actors and crew's romantic drama as well, from leaving an actor for a stuntman, to infidelity. It's a comedic and dramatic look at producing film and just how difficult it can be.
4.5 stars Day for Night is funny & thought provoking. It includes casual sex, sad romance, & a few things in between. It's an ode to movie magic. For all the challenges the crew faces in the act of creation, the movie is the beautiful thing. It is the thing that is malleable. In a film, an actor can die 24 times in 15 ways. When an actor really dies, a film can be altered to accommodate, but he is really dead.
I have seen this film at least a half dozen times and still can't place it. I love many thing about it and many things about feel familiar. It reminds me that a film is not only a work (ie, a project, a written idea, a concept) but also a product (of specific circumstances, from specific people). I think I identify personally with Truffaut more than any other filmmaker.
Truffaut's multilayered and ultimate valentine to cinema is no less than magic. It also presents the perfect opportunity for an acute meditation in his own filmmaking. No other movie has revealed its own artifice and still maintain its allure. An essential film to anyone who enjoys the creative process of cinema.
Truffaut once said that he was only interested in a film that displays either the joys of making cinema or the agonies of it, and nothing in between. Here, he makes a film about both. I thought it was awesome how he showed some of the work that actually goes into making a movie, and all the complications that can arise. Well crafted and insightful look into the world of one of cinemas most renowned filmmakers.