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Day For Night Blu-ray Review

Day for Night Blu-ray

“Day For Night” is a true classic.

Directed (and starring) the legendary Francois Truffaut, “Day For Night” revolves around the making of a fictional film titled “Meet Pamela.” While there is a great emphasis on the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the cast and crew members at work, the story is largely about the drama in front of and behind the camera. Among the stories here are a fragile actor (Alphonse) with romantic issues, a newly married actress (Julie) who has had a nervous breakdown, and production setbacks.

When it comes to movies about making movies, “Day For Night” ranks among the very best. Not only is it an engrossing tale about the tumultuous journey of making a movie, but it also feels very personal. You get the sense that Truffaut is telling a story from the heart here as he delves into the desire to make art no matter how chaotic that experience may be or whether the film is good or not.

On the subject of Truffaut, he’s the true star here. From his beautiful direction (love those tracking shots) to his confident performance as a director (Ferrand), he’s doing it all here. Of course, he’s got some great talent to help in his quest with memorable performances by Jean-Pierre Leaud and Jacqueline Bisset.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc boasts a lovely new transfer. The colors are particularly noteworthy here.

Audio Track: French Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? While solid, it is still a bit on the flat side.

Extras:
* “Day For Night” trailer.
* A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker/critic David Cairns.
* Separate interviews with Francois Truffaut, Pierre-William Glenn, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Bernard Menez, Dani, Yanni Dedet and Martine Barraque.
* A newsreel titled “Truffaut Shoots Day For Night,” an episode of “Pour le cinema” titled “On Day For Night,” and an episode of “JT Nuit” called “Truffaut At The National Society Of Film Critics.”
* Film Professor Dudley Andrew talks about Godard and Truffaut friendship, their spat and the French New Wave.
* A video essay about “Day for Night” by kogonada dubbed “Dreams of Cinema.”
* “Day For Night: An Appreciation”- A 2003 documentary short in which author/film scholar Annette Insdorf analyzes Truffaut’s classic film.
* “Truffaut: A View From The Inside”- A 6 minute 1973 behind-the-scenes documentary about “Day For Night.”

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November 9, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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