Blu-ray, DVD Release: Day for Night

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 18, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The loving 1973 farce Day for Night from François Truffaut (Jules and Jim) about the joys and turbulence of moviemaking is one of the French New Waver’s most beloved films.

Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud in Truffaut's Day for Night

Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud in Day for Night

Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (The 400 Blows Jean-Pierre Léaud); an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Juliet of the Spirits Valentina Cortese); and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Bullitt’s Jacqueline Bisset).

An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of love and sex, the comedy-drama-romance is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue (A Man for All Seasons).

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of Day for Night include the following:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
  • New interview with cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn
  • New interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Documentary on the film from 2003, featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • Archival interviews with director François Truffaut; editor Yann Dedet; and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Jacqueline Bisset, Dani, and Bernard Menez
  • Television footage of Truffaut on the film’s set in 1972
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • An essay by critic David Cairns


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.