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Section: Special Screening
Country: France /Italy
Year: 1973


La Nuit américaine 

b&w/color/115 minutes

Director: François Truffaut Screenplay:François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Jean-Louis Richard Cinematography: Pierre-William Glenn Editing:Martine Barraquè-Curie, Yann Dedet Music: Georges Delerue Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Champion, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut

The film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with "Meet Pamela"'s overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. One of the central actresses is continually drunk due to family problems, while the other is prone to emotional instability, and the male lead starts to act erratically when his intermittent romance with the fickle script girl begins to fail. In addition to all this personal drama, the film is besieged by technical problems, from difficult tracking shots to stubborn animal actors.

Production: Les Films du Carrosse/PECF/Produzione Internazionale Cinematografica


François Truffaut

François Truffaut was born on 6 February, 1932. Died on 21 October, 1984. He was a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic, as well as one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry, having worked on over 25 films. Truffaut's film The 400 Blows came to be a defining film of the French New Wave movement. He also directed such classics as Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Jules et Jim (1961), The Wild Child (1970), Two English Girls (1971), Day for Night (1973) and The Woman Next Door (1981).












1983 Confidentially Yours

1981 The Woman Next Door

1980 The Last Metro

1979 Love on the Run

1978 The Green Room

1977 The Man Who Loved Women

1976 Small Change

1975 The Story of Adele H

1973 Day for Night

1972 A Gorgeous Girl Like Me

1971 Two English Girls

1970 Bed & Board

1970 The Wild Child

1969 Mississippi Mermaid

1968 Stolen Kisses

1968 The Bride Wore Black

1966 Fahrenheit 451

1964 The Soft Skin

1962 Antoine and Colette (Short)

1962 Love at Twenty (segment "Antoine et Colette")

1962 Jules and Jim

1962 Los 4 Golpes (Short)

1961 A Story of Water (Short) (co-director)

1960 The Army Game (co-director)

1960 Shoot the Piano Player

1959 The 400 Blows

1957 Les Mistons (Short)

1955 Une visite (Short)