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Day and Night

Day and Night

A Feature film by Bernard-Henri Levy

Produced by Les Films du Lendemain

Release in France : 14/02/1997

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Actors (9)

Production and distribution (5)

Co-productions :

M6 Films, France 2 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

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A writer who no longer writes, Alexandre: a boxer in his prime, connoisseur of women, hot air ballooning, and Indian legends, self-exiled in a sumptuous but crumbling hacienda in the heart of Mexico. A young actress, Laure, dreams of being the heroine of his first novel to be brought to the screen. One spring morning she arrives from Paris - breezy, full of hope, set to seduce Alexandre, and happily unaware of her own impending fate. Around them, a comical film producer bent on getting the rights to Alexandre's novel, a perverse secretary, a once-loved wife and her live-in-lover, a local boss who distracts Alexandre from his melancholy, Sonia, the mysterious Sonia, who has known him forever and who seems to hold the secret to his existence. And, as through in harmony with the extreme violence of their passions, the scorched Mexican soil, its smoldering volcanoes and brewing peasant revolt. What does the young actress really want? What will the writer's final decision be? And how right is the Indian legend that says that each man is born twice in the course of his life and that his true birth is the second one? To find this out, they have only one day and one night.


Pierre Billard : "When you hire a cast of actors on the scale of Delon and Lauren Bacall, they arrive with their talent but also their legend. Does that help things or make them more complicated ?"
Bernartd-Henri Lévy : "It's an amazing challenge above all. Take Delon. He isn't an actor. He's a slab of memory. A history of cinema in his own right. He is a tremendous actor who has worked with the greatest talents, in the greatest films. You obviously can't put him in a boxing ring without thinking of Rocco, film him in a swimming-pool without seeing him with Maurice Ronet, ask him to dance without thinking of the ball in "The Leopard" or film him with Marianne Denicourt or Arielle Dombasle without seeing all the faces of the women who were his co-stars for Visconti or Antonioni. In short, he is one of those film giants who, for this reason and a few others, are hard to direct. Yet the magical thing with him is that there is always a moment on the set when he seems to forget what he has been, helps you yourself to forget it and so reinvents himself. That moment is always overwhelming. All that is also of course true about the film's other "giant" : Lauren Bacall." (Taken from the press kit)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Éric Dussart

Line Producer :

Jean-Michel Lacor

Director of Photography :

Willy Kurant

Production managers :

Gerardo Barrera, Antoine Gannagé, Daniel Louis

Editor :

France Duez

Production Designer :

Solange Zeitoun

Costume designer :

Marielle Robaut

Assistant Director :

Olivier Horlait

Screenwriters :

Jean-Paul Enthoven, Bernard-Henri Levy

Sound Recordist :

François Musy

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Assistant editors :

Agathe Devaux-Charbonnel, Magalie Magnan

Music Composer :

Maurice Jarre

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Feature film

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Belgium, Spain, France

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Majority French (Belgium, Spain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 52 min

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