Movie Review – Day For Night

Posted: May 26, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Directors like Francois Truffaut are called genius because of their honesty. Day for Night is an example for that. Truffaut in the movie says that when he starts the movie he wants everything to be perfect but after a point he feels satisfied just to complete the movie. Now how many say that. All the movies which we’ve seen with aspiring directors or directors as protagonist have their ambition as their highest virtue. It may be inspiring but when you get into problems this is how a human feels like.


I have a friend who’s in film institute he says that this film is so true, that they face so many problems, have to wait for a cat. Patience is the highest virtue to be a director. The film clearly says it. This film is strictly for the people who love cinema. A film for people who love films. Normal audiences can’t sit through the movie where the same scene is shot again and again. Can someone who watches cinema for fun will be able to sit when Severine opens the closet again and again instead of the door. The more she did more the fun it was.  

The film opens with a travelling shot where the points of interest change from one person to another seamlessly. When I was amazed by the scene the camera pans out to show that it’s a shooting. The first scene was so real that I couldn’t find it was the movie within the movie. But as soon as the camera pans out there is a vast difference. In just a moment Truffaut makes us gets detached from the shot. This is how people who watch the shoot might feel. Incidentally the first shot that we see is the climax of the movie Truffaut is making within the movie. The climax scene again takes place during the climax of this film.

I’ve many times wondered how actors could bring their emotions if the movies are not made in chronological order. I’ve wondered at that brilliance of the actors. Movies are jigsaw pieces put together for us. But we see this as a journey without any stops. Even in a Jigsaw puzzle we could see the places where it’s joined but in movies it’s very hard.

Severine rightly points out that theirs is a funny job. Only after certain days they get to the skin of the character, get comfortable with other actors, and understand the concept to the fullest  but just when they were about to settle they are asked to pack up. It’s a highly emotional scene made with a satirical overtone. Severine gives a light laugh at the end of this scene to emphasize it.

Look how each one of their lives is interconnected. And see how well the characters are defined in the movie. Jacqueline Bisset as Julie is so lovely. Truffaut though wanted to cast her was little hesitant to get on board because he couldn’t give her fat pay checks like Hollywood and her reply to him was, “do you think I work for money?”  Jean-Pierre Leaud plays a young heart-throb Alphonse who’s not in a right frame of mind. He’s the one who’s the most insecure one. This is what instant fame can do. Only very few could come out of it. Jean-Pierre Aumont, another brilliant actor has such a matured role and he doesn’t give in to emotions so easily off screen. He’s a proud individual who always talks about film and tell people about his good work. He shows his command over the picture very often. He’s good at carefully irritating Julie’s husband by making him sit during the kissing scene. The cat not acting up for the scene becomes his advantage so he repeatedly kisses her in front of her husband.

Above all its Truffaut as deaf director Ferrand impressed me more than anyone else. I love these characters where they are blind, deaf, dumb, limb, pregnant without any reason. I loved it when a brilliant Frances McDormand played a pregnant police chief. All through the movie I was praying that she should not be caught and kicked on her stomach. It didn’t happen. I love these characters because every movie we see have characters who are perfect. If at all we get to see a deaf and dumb person he comes in the climax and mimics something which helps someone to get something. Why can’t characters with abnormal traits exist?Ferrands deafness is not made fun off in the movie except for a scene where Stacey says she doesn’t know that he’s deaf. That too matter of factly.

This movie is all about experience. There are many brilliant scenes which I would like to share but the length is too lengthy. Of all I liked the directors dream. First it starts with a boy walking near the entrance of the street to the end of it. Then he walks from some point before to the end and in final scene we see from where he’s coming to where he’s going. The unwrapping of that scene was brilliant. And every lamentation of Truffaut was hilarious whether it’s about the sets or when he says, “being a director one has to all types of questions. Sometimes I know the answers,” and he carries on with the work without saying sometimes he doesn’t.


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