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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.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marion Steiner
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Granger
Jean Poiret ... Jean-Loup Cottins
Andréa Ferréol ... Arlette Guillaume
Paulette Dubost ... Germaine Fabre
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Daxiat
Maurice Risch Maurice Risch ... Raymond Boursier
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Nadine Marsac
Heinz Bennent ... Lucas Steiner
Christian Baltauss Christian Baltauss ... Bernard's Replacement
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot ... Desk Clerk
René Dupré René Dupré ... Valentin
Aude Loring Aude Loring
Alain Tasma Alain Tasma ... Marc
Rose Thiéry Rose Thiéry ... Jacquot's Mother / Concierge (as Rose Thierry)
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Storyline

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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Deneuve, Depardieu, Truffaut See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

19 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Metro See more »

Filming Locations:

Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Lucas talks to Marion about a play he saw in London, he is alluding to Patrick Hamilton's "Gaslight", which was twice made into a movie, by Thorold Dickinson in 1940, and by George Cukor in 1944. See more »

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Quotes

Raymond Boursier: [Yelling at Nadine as she gets out of a Nazi jeep] Not only are you late, you showed up with the Jerries. Jean-Loup will be pissed.
Nadine Marsac: What do you want? I was at a dubbing session. We worked late. They offered me a ride.
Raymond Boursier: Nothing stops you, If they had offered you a part in 'Jew Süss' you'd have taken it.
Nadine Marsac: And how! But they didn't have a role for a French girl.
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Soundtracks

Bei mir Bist du Schön
Music by Sholom Secunda
Lyrics by Saul Chaplin, Jacob Jacobs, Jacques Larue
(Editions Chappell)
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i really liked this one
10 January 2004 | by snuckerSee all my reviews

this film is excellent. it's a quiet film where the plot moves slowly, but it doesn't matter. it takes place during the occupation of france of world war II. i don't know how truffaut can do this, he makes films that on paper sound melodramatic and silly, but are feel truly real and sincere without being overly depressing. and this is one of them. i don't know a lot about the german occupation of france during WWII, but its presence is certainly in the film you marion buying an expensive ham under the black market, the blackouts, the talks of hiding in subways and the oppressive and communual presence of the germans. but it's not the focal point of the film. it's about people trying to live normally under stressful situations. their lives are not centered around the war, but around surviving with what they value (their theatre) intact.

it's thoughtful enough to not type-cast its characters based on how they feel about the war and their political positions. a lot of the characters are pragmatic about their situation, such as the director of the play (jean-loup is his name i think) who opposes the germans, but is willing to consider selling the theatre to Daxiat (a powerful pro-german journalist)to save it. all of the crew dislike Daxiat, but treat him with relative respect so that they can keep their theatre running. Daxiat isn't painted as a completely horrible enemy, but was a man who really looked out for the best interests of the theatre company despite the fact that his political views were opposite of those he admired in the theatre company. the people in this film felt real, cuz ideally, we'd all like to think that when faced with oppression from an outside force, we'd be kicking and screaming all the way until we're free of oppression. but in reality, most of us would probably make compromises and do things against our principles to keep what is most important to us (in this case, it's the theatre and its company for the characters here)

in a way, the film reminded me of wong kar wai's in the mood for love in terms of what it does with its characters. it progresses steadily without a lot of major plot points, and it lets you get to know the characters and let them be real, so you never feel bored at how slow things progress. the characters are well written and well acted so that you care deeply about them.

*comments on the ending up ahead*

there is very little that feels staged and over dramatic, and the outcome seems to progress beautifully and quietly. and i don't know what it is about the ending, but i felt strangely uplifted when the credits rolled.


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