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Special Events: Winter 2018
Day for Night (La nuit américaine)

February 3 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

The routine commotion and confusion of a movie set is (ostensibly) the subject of François Truffaut’s comedy, La nuit américaine—the French equivalent for “day for night,” a term referring to the process of simulating night scenes while actually filming in broad daylight, often done to save money or to avoid a night shoot. In fact, the film is a veiled homage to the art of moviemaking itself, constructed as a series of choreographed anecdotes about how things really get done. “Films are more harmonious than life, films keep rolling forward, like trains in the night” — Truffaut, as the film director Ferrand. (François Truffaut, 1973, subtitles, 116 minutes)

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