May 30, 2015

Advice on Priorities from François Truffaut's 1973 Classic Day for Night

François Truffaut's film Day for Night

Transcript of the Scene (for context)"


Julie: Liliane ran off with the stuntman. 
Joëlle: Does Alphonse know?  
Julie: I had to tell him. 
Joëlle: With the stuntman? I'd drop a guy for a film. I'd never drop a film for a guy!

While the quote is not an advertisement for self-imposed celibacy, it is a funny take on priorities. I interpret this quote as choosing art over carnal pleasure. Also, Joëlle's comment, "I'd drop a guy for a film. I'd never drop a film for a guy!" is an accurate barometer of Truffaut's feelings - and passion for - filmmaking. 

Have I ever ditched a guy to go to a movie instead? In New York, where there are dozens of select film screenings of the world's best cinema - yes - I have chosen movies over men. 


Have you ever ditched a guy (or a girl) so you could pursue your love of movies (or anything resembling art and artmaking)? Let me know in the comments.

Image Source: François Truffaut's La nuit américaine (Day for Night) © 1973