Classical Hollywood cinema
Television discusses seven principal characteristics of classical Hollywood cinema. Explain the terms below and discuss whether they apply to Day for Night.
- G1 and G5: Single protagonist
- G1 and G5: Exposition
- G2: Motivation
- G2: Narrative enigma
- G3: Cause-effect chain
- G3: Story time versus screen time--in terms of duration and order
- G4: Climax
- G4: Resolution/Denouement--compare exposition and denouement
All groups: Does Day for Night qualify as a classical film? Why or why not? Explain how the characteristics above are (or are not) used in the film.
Final shot (larger image).
Signs of character
- Viewer foreknowledge
- Character name
- Objective correlative
- Lighting and videography or cinematography
How are these signs of character used to construct the following characters in Day for Night?
- G1 and G5: Alphonse
- G2: Julie
- G3: Ferrand
- G4: Liliane
Ferrand discusses Julie's photos. See also, Ferrand's books.
Signs of performance
- G1 and G5: Vocal
- G2: Facial
- G3: Gestural
- G4: Corporeal
Day for Night cast
- Jacqueline Bisset as Julie
- Valentina Cortese as Severine
- Dani as Liliane
- Alexandra Stewart as Stacey
- Jean-Pierre Aumont as Alexandre
- Jean Champion as Bertrand
- Jean-Pierre Léaud as Alphonse
- François Truffaut as (Director) Ferrand
- Nathalie Baye as Joelle
- David Markham as Doctor Nelson
- Zénaïde Rossi as Madame Lajoie, Gaston's wife
- Xavier Saint-Macary as Christian, Alexandre's lover
- Bernard Menez as the Property Man
- Richard Dyer, Stars
- Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture, 5th Edition (New York: Routledge, 2018).
- David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, 9th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010).