Reactions to Day For Night

BFI Theatrical Release

Lots of enthusiasm for Day For Night, the final film in our François Truffaut mini-season, and an appreciation score of 77.07 per cent.

Some comments:

  • “Best film of the year.”
  • “Genuine insight, humour, subtle, engaging characters.”
  • “Insightful and entertaining.”
  • “Brilliant. Learned a lot and loved the humour/music.”
  • “Enjoyable, lovely. Truffaut in his element.”
  • “Most enjoyable. What prima donnas!”
  • “Most enlightening and entertaining.”
  • “Clever concept, amusing and entertaining. Still very relevant.”
  • “Stands the test of time.”
  • “Another cracker! They keep coming!”
  • “Superb! The cat’s whiskers. Enjoyed every minute.”
  • “Formidable!”
  • “Magnifique!”
  • “Fun! A real soap opera.”
  • “An affectionate reveal of the artifice and idiosyncrasy of film making.”
  • “French, very funny. Jacqueline Bisset was beautiful.”
  • “Too many words for subtitling.”
  • “Wry but not comedic.”
  • “I fell asleep!”
  • “Manic. Over-rated. Dated. Self-indulgent. Awful.”
  • “Too long.”
  • “Tedious bore of a film. Totally self-indulgent rubbish.”

There were some complaints about the volume being too loud, which we are investigating.

As for the Englishman who went on set and was given a part, the answer was Graham Greene. Truffaut put out a call for an Englishman to play the part of the insurance agent who threatens to shut down the film after the death of Alexandre. Greene, who lived in nearby Antibes, turned up, using an assumed name, and got the part. Truffaut shot the scene.

It was only when he was examining the rushes that someone pointed out that the insurance agent was being played by the legendary British author. Truffaut was annoyed and embarrassed at being caught out. He rang Greene and offered to cut the scene. Greene insisted that he wanted it kept in, but he asked for his name to be left off the credits and for Truffaut to keep the secret. Which he did.