The Last Metro (1980)
"Le dernier métro" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  19 February 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Granger
Jean Poiret ...
Germaine Fabre
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Maurice Risch ...
Raymond Boursier
Sabine Haudepin ...
Nadine Marsac
Heinz Bennent ...
Lucas Steiner
Christian Baltauss ...
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Pierre Belot ...
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René Dupré ...
Aude Loring
Alain Tasma ...
Rose Thiéry ...
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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.


Drama | Romance | War


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19 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último metro  »

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Valentin wishes to makes a film entitled 'Angels of Mercy" (a story about nuns). This is similar to _Les Anges du Péché_ (1943) directed by Robert Bresson. See more »


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 »


Marion Steiner: It takes two to love, as it takes two to hate. And I will keep loving you, in spite of yourself. My heart beats faster when I think of you. Nothing else matters.
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References La Bête Humaine (1938) See more »


Mon amant de Saint-Jean
Music by Émile Carrara
Lyrics by Léon Agel
(Edition Meridian)
Disque Pathé Marconi EMI © 178 15404/5
Performed by Lucienne Delyle
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The best of Truffaut's late films.
3 August 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Francois Truffaut follows in the tradition of Jean-Pierre Melville by adapting a popular genre as a serious allegory for the darkest period in French history: the Nazi Occupation. Just as Melville used the gangster film to examine notions of legality, legitimacy, authority and criminality in a period when the Resistance were outlaws and the police rounding up Jews for the death camps, so Truffaut takes the beloved putting-on-a-show warhorse, and uses it as a metaphor for the conditions of life in Occupied France: the need to act, adapt and continually discard roles. When Depardieu's character leaves to fight for the Resistance, he puns about exchanging his make-up (maquillage) for the maquis.

What Truffaut is most interested in, as in all his films, is the effect this need for constant dissembling has on individual identity and relationships. This wonderful romantic comedy plays like a mature update of 'Casablanca', richly stylised, bravely open-ended, with Truffaut's moving camera wrenching spirit from the claustrophobic confines.

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