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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Holds the record for most César awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars) for a single film, at 10. It's tied with Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) for this honor, another film starring Gerard Depardieu. 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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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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References La Bête Humaine (1938) See more »

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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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In the time of war
5 August 2006 | by frankish-1See all my reviews

Unfortunately i've seen only a couple of Truffaut's films but nevertheless i think i understand why is he so legendary. And i also understand why this film won 10 Cesars when it was released in 1980.

First of all - the actors. Catherine Deneuve is really great here and plus her role is very challenging because as Bernard says there are two women hiding inside Marion. At times she is so gentle and loving, especially towards her husband Lucas, and sometimes she's really arrogant and cold. In general her Marion is a very confused and stressed and in love at the same time, which makes her very her very hard to play but i think Catherine Deneuve did a magnificent job. The same can be said about Heinz Bennent in the role of Lucas but i don't think Depardieu is on the same level although there are several scenes where he's really great (at the rehearsal of the shouting scene and in the nightclub). At the same time i don't think it's his fault. I think that he actually has too little screen time and his character is not so fully developed.

The cinematography is great and the script too although i have some criticism (or maybe i just misunderstood some points). First of all i didn't understand how does Lucas realise that Marion is in love with Bernard. OK she kisses him after the premiere but even i didn't realise it was this kind of kiss and Lucas doesn't even see it 'cause he's in the basement. And there's one scene where she asks Bernard to sit next to her but Lucas is not there too. So how does he know? Am i missing something because it's not just a small detail, it's a major point. Nevermind, the film still has more meaning then a great deal of American nonsense.

And what i liked about it the most is the overall "in the time of war" atmosphere. During the whole film we can feel the tension, we can hear the radio broadcasts, we can see how the people are forced to hide whenever they hear the alarm and the electricity often goes out. Truffaut makes sure that whenever we start to feel safe, watching the rehearsals and observing the relationships inside the theater, something interrupts the relatively calm existence and reminds us that there's war outside. His direction is superb here as it was in "La peau Douce" - the other film i saw made by him. I of course i know these are not even among his best. But i can't really know that. All i know is that this film is really great and i enjoyed it very much.


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