Filmmakers on filmmakers on filmmaking: La Nuit Américaine Express

One of my favorite movies of the past year is François Truffaut’s Day for Night (La Nuit Américaine), which manages to be both an engaging light comedy and a wonderfully thrilling meta-meditation on the art (and inevitable compromises) of filmmaking. Truffaut plays a director, essentially himself, trying to keep a not-that-great movie production on the rails. All this reminded (pre-minded) me of some of the better moments of Wes Anderson movies—so I was thrilled to see Anderson himself offering homage (the nicest form of cultural copying) in, of all things, an American Express ad.

Day for Night (La Nuit américaine) trailer,” directed by François Truffaut, 1973, and My Life, My Card ad, directed by Wes Anderson, 2006

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