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Film 101: Day for Night

1973 | Comedy, Drama, Romance | French with English subtitles | Dir. François Truffaut


A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.


A delightful look at the microsociety of a movie shoot on location, where offscreen psychology and scandal are filtered through an “on-screen” melodrama. The film ended the friendship between Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. We’ll discuss why Godard thought the film was a “lie,” how it fits into the history of the New Wave, and what it can tell us about moviemaking as something that takes place in a particular place.

About Film 101: Behind the Scenes:

One of cinema’s great subjects is filmmaking itself. That might seem narcissistic, but behind-the-scenes films are a great way to figure out how movies work. In these five films, we’ll examine some of the great “movie-movies” of all time. We’ll consider both how these films work and how these moviemakers think they work. We’ll pay special attention to the star-making process, and to the question of how film thinks about its media “rivals” like radio and television.

Purchase tickets to all five screenings by the screening on March 10 and save 15%!