Neither By Day Nor By Night


1h 27m 1972

Brief Synopsis

After a young American soldier is blinded in Israel he is put in a hospital where he shares a room with an old woman who is also blind. She thinks that he is her long-lost lover and is thrilled at his return. As she relives the happy days of her youth, both she and the soldier find themselves better

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo B'Yom V'Lo B'Layla
Release Date
Jul 1972
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mordechai Slonim Film Productions; Motion Pictures International
Distribution Company
Motion Pictures International
Country
Israel and United States
Location
Israel
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Neither By Day Nor By Night by Abraham Raz (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

In Israel, American ex-patriot Adam volunteers for the Israeli army in order to give his life structure and meaning. Upon being wounded, he recovers in a veteran's hospital, but learns that the surgery on his injured eyes has been unsuccessful and that he will gradually go blind. Sinking into bitterness, Adam rejects his visiting father and the friendly outreach of Yael, a young nurse. Adam also cynically lashes out at his fellow patients, criticizing their fervent patriotism and unwavering support of the Israeli conflict. When elderly female patient Sokolova, who is nearly blind from cataracts, believes that Adam is the youthful lover who jilted her years earlier, he mocks her and only pretends to befriend her. Gradually, however, as Adam's vision worsens, his relationship with Sokolova changes. Affected by the old woman's courage, Adam overcomes his hostility and encourages Sokolova to have surgery that could restore her sight. As Sokolova regains her sight, Adam loses his own but comes to accept and value the world in which he lives.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo B'Yom V'Lo B'Layla
Release Date
Jul 1972
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mordechai Slonim Film Productions; Motion Pictures International
Distribution Company
Motion Pictures International
Country
Israel and United States
Location
Israel
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Neither By Day Nor By Night by Abraham Raz (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

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Trivia

Notes

The Israeli release title of this unviewed, Israeli-U.S. co-production was Lo B'Yom V'Lo B'Layla. According to reviews, the Abraham Raz play upon which the film was based was inspired by a true incident that Raz witnessed at an Israeli hospital. Neither By Day Nor By Night was filmed on location in Israel. Modern sources add Eli Cohen, Zvika Gold, Gita Luka and David Smadar to the cast.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1972

Released in United States 1972