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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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A story of love and conflict. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bernard Granger: I want to get something straight. I was thrilled to play here, in a real theater, in a real play, but if I must take my pants off to prove I'm not a Jew, thanks, but no thanks. Besides, I refuse to take the part of another actor.
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Prière à Zumba
Written by Agustín Lara (as A. Lara), Jacques Larue
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The best of Truffaut's late films.
3 August 2001 | by the red duchessSee 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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