Truffaut’s lifelong love for the cinema found its natural and most lyrical expression in a film about the making of a film, <i>Day For Night</i>. He called it the “crossroads where the major characters of my other film meet” from which we can infer that <i>Day For Night</i> is the meeting place for all his major themes as well. Surrounded by old friends and an eccentric crew Truffaut, in the persona of the director Ferrand, orchestrates the production of a film called Meet Pamela, a project beset by technical and personal problems. the chaos is finally synthesized into a whole, interlaced with scenes and quotes from Truffaut’s earlier films, allusions to other filmmakers and tributes to his favorite actors. In short, <i>Day For Night</i> is Truffaut’s celebratory homage to “Cinema”—its history, purity, hardships but, most of all, the joy he found in its making.
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