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Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week: 'Day for Night' and 'Night and the City'

Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week: 'Day for Night' and 'Night and the City'

In the old days of repertory cinema, films would sometimes be linked by a common word: Robert Aldrich’s “The Big Knife,” for instance, might be on a double bill with Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.” In that spirit, I want to highlight two fine films linked only by the word “Night” — and the fact that both are newly available in fine Criterion editions. Francois Truffaut’s 1973 “Day for Night” is much the warmer of the two, a delightful valentine to the filmmaking process with Truffaut himself playing the part of a beleaguered director working with actors played by Jean-Pierre Leaud, Valentina Cortese and...

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