Day for Night (1973)
8/10
Murphy's Law and film making
28 August 2006
Warning: Spoilers
La Nuit Américaine (1973)

Also known as Day for Night in English speaking parts of the world, Day for Night is a crazy story about a film crew where on the set of Meet Pamela anything that can go wrong, does.

The title, La Nuit Américaine actually translates as The Night American, which sounds really stand to English speakers. One such reason behind it is that a person can not tell an American man from a French man or British man in the dark of night or perhaps a derogatory term for an African American. The true translation of Day For Night would be Nuit Pour Jour.

The movie starts off to look like a real movie, but then the movie is slapped, latterly, into what it really is. A movie about the behind the scenes making of another movie. Much like it's name sake, Day For Night appears to be shot like a documentary behind the scenes movie, The camera feels a little shaky at times and the lighting feels like normal world and there's a couple of camcorder shots. This effect is used to mask the but is used to capture the well crafted intertwining drama of the set

In Day for Night, the plot follows the cast and crew as they try to film 'Meet Pamela' and Murphy's Law, which states that 'Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong' happens. The crew and cast have usual problems involving script, casting, animals, lighting, props, budget and other minor problems. But as the movie progresses, bigger problems arise and problems such as a pregnancy, cheating with cast mates, and even death. This causes a lot of stress on cast and crew and brings out some very interesting relations. Betrayals, people sleeping with each other and hatred runs wild throughout the film. The director at the helm of the project seems to handle everything calm on the surface, but at night is plagued by a repetitive dream that advances slowly showing a young boy walking with a cane. By the end of the movie the full dream is exposed and shows the young boy getting away with prints of Citizen Kane. Perhaps showing when he began he was afraid of such a big task, but by the end, he got away happy with what he got. With all the problems happening on set there's a sort of light sided look at them and with clever dialog, the experience of watching people work on a movie set becomes extremely enjoying.
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