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The Last Metro (1980) More at IMDbPro »Le dernier métro (original title)

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The Last Metro -- 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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Director:
Writers:
François Truffaut (scenario) &
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Release Date:
19 February 1981 (USA) See more »
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A story of love and conflict.
Plot:
In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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At times I feel like I really don't exist See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Catherine Deneuve ... Marion Steiner

Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Granger
Jean Poiret ... Jean-Loup Cottins
Andréa Ferréol ... Arlette Guillaume
Paulette Dubost ... 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 ... Desk Clerk
René Dupré ... Valentin
Aude Loring
Alain Tasma ... Marc
Rose Thiéry ... Jacquot's Mother / Concierge (as Rose Thierry)
Jacob Weizbluth ... Rosen
Jean-Pierre Klein ... Christian Leglise
Renata Flores ... Greta Borg (as Rénata)
Marcel Berbert ... Merlin
Hénia Suchar ... Yvonne the Chambermaid (as Hénia Ziv)
László Szabó ... Lieutnant Bergen (as Laszlo Szabo)
Martine Simonet ... Martine, the thief
Jean-José Richer ... Rene Bernardini
Jessica Zucman ... Rosette Goldstern

Richard Bohringer ... Gestapo Officer
Franck Pasquier ... Jacquôt (as Le petit Franck Pasquier)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Abeillé ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Alexandre Aumont ... 1st Nurse (uncredited)
Marie-Dominique Henry ... (uncredited)
Philippe Vesque ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
François Truffaut 
 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (scenario) &
Suzanne Schiffman (scenario)

François Truffaut (dialogue) &
Suzanne Schiffman (dialogue) and
Jean-Claude Grumberg (dialogue)

Produced by
François Truffaut .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
 
Film Editing by
Martine Barraqué 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
 
Costume Design by
Lisele Roos 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... key hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Nadine Leroy .... hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist (as Thi Loan N'Guyen)
Françoise Ben Soussan .... makeup artist (as Françoise Ben Soussan)
 
Production Management
Jean-Louis Godfroy .... unit manager
Jean-José Richer .... production manager
Roland Thénot .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzanne Schiffman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Pierre Gompertz .... assistant production designer
Roland Jacob .... assistant production designer
Jacques Leguillon .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Daniel Couteau .... sound effects
Michel Laurent .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Michel Mellier .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... assistant camera
Gérard Bougeant .... grip
Jean-Pierre Fizet .... photographer
Charlie Freess .... key grip
Jacques Frejabue .... grip (as Jacques Fréjabue)
Jean-Claude Gasché .... chief electrician
Emilio Pacull .... assistant camera (as Emilio Pacull-Latorre)
Tessa Racine .... assistant camera
André Seybald .... electrician
Serge Valézy .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edwige Cherel .... assistant wardrobe designer
Christiane Fageol .... assistant wardrobe designer (as Christiane Aumand-Fageol)
Françoise Poillot .... assistant wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Marie-Aimée Debril .... assistant editor
Jean-François Giré .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Henry Dutrannoy .... production administrator
Christine Pellé .... script supervisor
Brigitte Faure .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gilles Loutfi .... trainee (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le dernier métro" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
131 min | France:133 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Fujicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sacha Guitry (1885 - 1957) was a noted French film actor, director, screenwriter and playwright.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In one scene in the cellar, during a conversation between Marion and Lucas, we can see the sound recordist hiding himself in a corner of the cellar.See more »
Quotes:
Marion Steiner:[during the stage play] At times I feel like I really don't exist.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bel Ami (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sombreros et MantillesSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
At times I feel like I really don't exist, 14 October 2007
Author: ikalafatis from athens, greece

Le Dernier Metro is the portrait of a woman. An ageing, beautiful, authoritative, successful and famous actress caught in her own personal quagmire, and that of a strange historical era.

It's 1942 and Paris screams under the German occupation. A quiet scream, at least as portrayed by Truffaut, where Parisiens go on living their everyday lives as close to normal as they can. The German element is of course ubiquitous, always lurking in the shadow of normality like an undiagnosed disease. The black market, the Jewish persecution, the curfew, the collaboration and the resistance, all are accepted as just another fact of life.

The real threat though is the unknown. What will the war bring? How longer will it last? And yet, decency and normality go on being the bourgeois lifestyle of choice, simply because most don't know how to really survive without the city, without its theaters and fashion circles. Without this superficial normality.

In the middle of this strangeness stands a woman disillusioned by her life. Deep inside, this poignantly beautiful, famous, smart and strong woman is empty. Torn between her professional and artistic duties that have increased dramatically since her Jew husband and theater chef fled to save his life, and her ageing femininity and her devoid of passion life, she revolves around the sole remaining centrepiece of her life, acting. Only acting proves to be just another lifeless remain of her previous life.

Should she stay faithful to a husband that she stopped loving a long time ago? Do they both cling on to their failing relationship just for the sake of normality, to survive this strangeness of an era? Will tomorrow ever come, and if it comes will she be too old to enjoy it? Deneuve is perfection. The script has most probably been written with her in mind and it shows. Nowhere in the film is she caught relaxing, even in the most ambiguous moments her eyes are crisp clear on her intentions.

Depardieu is solid but lacks the internal flame his character should possess, probably due to him being influenced by Deneuve's coldness.

Poiret and Bennent are sublime in secondary but very important roles. Richard underplays his character's potential as a threat. The rest of the cast are adequate and in control of their roles.

Truffaut delivers a quiet film with claustrophobic cinematography, low-budget sets, fabulous costumes and minimal music. Just like a real theatre show. The director's brilliance drives through the sharpness of the second World War with a fine comb and picks only what's relevant to the story, and nothing more. A film to admire, but not to be inspired from. And there lies probably the only fault of the film. The nouvelle vague has matured and settled down with a sigh.

Watch this film just to experience the ferociously magnetic beauty and strength of Catherine Deneuve. Or if you really love theatre. Or both.

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