Day For Night

It is a trick of the filmmaker.

Underexposed in-camera or darkened during post-production.

Daylight masquerading as night, with blue tint.

Friendship for love, or sex for passion.

I know both on this American night.


Jacqueline Bisset and J

Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud in La Nuit Américaine

“Day for night” is a set of cinematic techniques used to simulate a night scene while filming in daylight. I learned about this deception when I saw Francois Truffaut‘s 1973 film, Day for Night whose original title is La Nuit Américaine meaning “American night” which is the French term for day-for-night shooting.




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