- Francois Truffaut
- Francois Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud
The light to the shade of Godard’s Contempt. A musing on the making of love and movies by the other leading auteur of the French New Wave, Day for Night is a jeu d’esprit revolving around serendipity both in life and on film. Truffaut himself plays the beleaguered director as we follow him on location in Nice for the shoot of a new film, where cast and crew become caught up in romantic intrigues worthy of a midsummer night’s dream. “Day for Night has grace, wit, and affection enough to be one of the fondest compliments the movies have ever been paid—a tribute to all the dream spinners by one of the best.” (Time) Truffaut plays the frustrated filmmaker trying to coerce a kitten into following directions in one scene. Winner Best Foreign Film, 1973.