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The Criterion Collection
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean Champion Dani, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alexandra Stewart, François Truffaut, Nike Arrighi
Screenplay by: François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, Suzanne Schiffman
Directed by: François Truffaut
Retail Price: $39.95
of Cinema, Dudley Andrew Interview, Day for Night: An Appreciation,
Truffaut: A View from the Inside, Interviews, Truffaut Shoots Day for Night, On Day for Night, Traffaut at the National Society of Film Critics, Trailer
Specs: 1.66:1 Widescreen Screen 1080p High Definition, French Uncompressed Mono, English Subtitles, Chapters (32 Chapters)
Released: August 18th, 2015
English subtitles are included.
There's a fine array of extras to enjoy. First up is the 11 and a half minute Dreams of Cinema, a visual essay by filmmaker ::kogonada. It's a nice tribute to Truffaut, featuring clips of film, his work and quotes.
An Interview with Dudley Andrew,
a film professor, is also included. Andrew focuses on the fracturing
state of the French New Wave, namely after Jean-Luc Godard saw (and
walked out of) Day for Night
and started corresponding with Truffaut. Andrew speaks with
intelligence and clarity about the relationship between the two
legendary filmmakers. Andrew gives a background on the French New Wave
as well, with stills and clips to highlight what he is speaking about.
A must watch for those who have any interest in film history. It runs
20 and-a-half minutes.
The 17 minute Day for Night: An Appreciation is a short documentary narrated by film scholar Annette Insdorf (and which I believe was on the original 2003 Warner Bros. 2003 DVD release). Insdorf speaks with passion about the filmmaker and the film, where she gives the movie context and offers some interesting stories. Very nicely done.
Truffaut: A View from the Inside is
a 6 and-a-half minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie
(call it an early version of a featurette). It's a neat watch from the
past. There are also Interviews, most from 2003:
François Truffaut (two of them), cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn
(conducted in 2015), Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Piette Aumont, Nathalie
Baye, Bernard Menez, Dani, Yann Dedet and assistant editor Martine
Barraqué (conducted in 2015).
There are also three pieces in the Archival Footage section: Truffaut Shoots Day for Night (2:48), which is mostly newsreel footage; On Day for Night (11:08), a June 1973 episode of French movie program Pour le cinéma; and Truffaut at the National Society of Film Critics (2:01), which is also newsreel footage of Truffaut being awarded Best Director.
The film's Trailer is included, as well as an essay from critic David Cairns.