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The Last Metro (1980)

Le dernier métro (original title)
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In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

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Bernard Granger
Jean Poiret ...
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Germaine Fabre
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Daxiat
Maurice Risch ...
Raymond Boursier
Sabine Haudepin ...
Nadine Marsac
Heinz Bennent ...
Lucas Steiner
Christian Baltauss ...
Bernard's Replacement
Pierre Belot ...
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René Dupré ...
Valentin
Aude Loring
Alain Tasma ...
Marc
Rose Thiéry ...
Jacquot's Mother / Concierge (as Rose Thierry)
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Paris, 1942. Lucas Steiner is a Jew and was compelled to leave the country. His wife Marion, an actress, directs the theater for him. She tries to keep the theater alive with a new play, and hires Bernard Granger for the leading role. But Lucas is actually hiding in the basement... A film about art and life. Written by Yepok

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A story of love and conflict.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Granger talks about his bike being stolen, he mentions the license plate number: 813 HK 45 (in the original version to the least). This number belongs to a system that was introduced in France in 1950 only, which did not even concern bicycles. See more »

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Marion Steiner: [during the stage play] At times I feel like I really don't exist.
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References Bel Ami (1939) See more »

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Bei mir Bist du Schön
Music by Sholom Secunda
Lyrics by Saul Chaplin (as Chan Chaplin), Jacob Jacobs, Jacques Larue
(Editions Chappell)
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Latter, lesser Truffaut but not without its pleasures
9 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Although Truffaut had another two films in him, in many ways The Last Metro looks as if it was planned as his last movie, even down to filming a deleted scene (included on the old Tartan UK DVD) where a dying director tries to convince Catherine Deneuve's heroine to star in his last film. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it sums up his life and work so much as it feels as if the somewhat half-hearted screenplay has been rushed into production without being entirely thought through. Not that its bad – indeed parts of it are quite enjoyable – more that it tends to drift by like exactly the kind of 'well-made play' that he once attacked, with the romance barely developed and much of the interest coming from characters on the sidelines, such as Jean-Louis Richard's critic, collaborator and anti-Semitic propagandist. At it's best it comes over like a theatrical variation on Day For Night set against the German occupation (indeed, Richard was DFN's co-writer), without ever quite matching that film's emotional roller-coaster ride.


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