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Tuesday November 13th 2018

La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) | 1973

La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) location: Studio La Victorine, Nice
La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) location: Studio La Victorine, Nice

François Truffaut puts his love affair with the cinema centre-screen with this backstage movie about the making of a romantic melodrama – Je Vous Présente Pamela – (and it's dedicated to Dorothy and Lilian Gish).

The title refers to the Hollywood practice of filming night scenes with filters during daylight, called ‘day for night’, but known in the French industry as ‘nuit Américaine’ – ‘American night’.

The film-within-the-film is being made at the famed Studios la Victorine, 16 avenue Edoard Grinda, in Nice, where, almost 30 years earlier, Marcel Carné filmed his 1945 period classic Les Enfants Du Paradis.

Star Julie (Jacqueline Bisset) arrives at, and holds a press conference at, Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport.

La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) location: Atlantic Hotel, boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice
La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) location: backstage dramas at the ‘Windsor Hotel’: Atlantic Hotel, boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice

The ‘Windsor Hotel’, in which the cast act out more dramas than before the camera, is Nice’s four-star Atlantic Hotel, 12 boulevard Victor Hugo.

The man from the British insurance company, who deals with a claim on the death of the leading man, might look familiar to literary types. It’s writer Graham Greene, in an uncredited cameo.