Last Metro

Last Metro

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Director: François Truffaut

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret

     
 

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The Last Metro is set virtually in its entirety in a crumbling French theatre. During the Nazi occupation, Jewish director Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent) hides in the basement of the theatre, while his wife Marion (Catherine Deneuve) stars in its latest production. Marion is enamored of leading man Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu), and he with her, but theySee more details below

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The Last Metro is set virtually in its entirety in a crumbling French theatre. During the Nazi occupation, Jewish director Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent) hides in the basement of the theatre, while his wife Marion (Catherine Deneuve) stars in its latest production. Marion is enamored of leading man Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu), and he with her, but they resist temptation out of respect to her husband. When she is given a choice between loyalty to her husband and to her countrymen, her dilemma offers two logical solutions--both of which are acted out on stage during the play. This Pirandellian ending aside, The Last Metro is one of the few films to accurately capture the feeling of what it was like to live in Paris under the thumb of the Nazis.

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One of France's greatest and most popular filmmakers, François Truffaut was never as overtly political as his contemporary Jean-Luc Godard. Truffaut was the subject of some criticism for his apolitical stance, particularly amidst the social upheaval of the 1960s; his response to the idea that art should have an expressly political purpose did not come until the end of his career, with 1980's Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro). The story of a working theater and its players during the Nazi occupation of Paris, the film examines the nature of art and how it interacts with political commitment. The film is the director's final notable work before his death in 1984, and unlike Louis Malle and his occupation-era movie Au Revoir Les Enfants, Truffaut never goes for a straight-out emotional punch; he's more self-conscious. The film was a significant hit at the time -- no wonder, considering the collection of talent involved in its making. In front of the camera were two of France's most respected stars, Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and Gérard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac), and film was shot by the extraordinary Nestor Almendros (My Night at Maud's, Days of Heaven).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0715515042314
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
5,393

Special Features

New Audio Commentary by Annette Insdorf, Author of François Truffaut; Audio Commentary by Actor Gérard Depardieu, Historian Jean-Pierre Azéma, and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana ; Deleted Scene; French Television exerpts featuring interviews with Truffaut and Actors Catherine Deneuve, Depardieu, and Jean Poiret; New video Interviews with Actors Andréa Ferréol, Sabine Haudepin, and Paulette Dubost, second assistant Director Alain Tasma, and Camera Assistants Florent Bazin and Tessa Racine, in which they discuss The Last Metros' ensemble performances and visual style; A Video Interview with the celebrated cinematographer Nestor Almendros, detailing his collaborations with Truffaut; Une Historic d'eau, a 1958 short film codirected by Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard; Theatrical Trailer; New and Improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Armond White

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Marion Steiner
Gérard Depardieu Bernard Granger
Jean Poiret Jean-Loup Cottins
Heinz Bennent Lucas Steiner
Andréa Ferréol Arlette Guillaume
Paulette Dubost Germaine Fabre
Sabine Haudepin Nadine Marsac
Jean-Louis Richard Daxiat
Maurice Risch Raymond Boursier
Christian Baltauss Bernard's Replacement
Pierre Belot Hotel Porter
René Dupré M. Valentin
Martine Simonet Martine Sénéchal
Alain Tasma Marc
Rose Thiéry Jacquot's Mother
Jacob Weizbluth Rosen
Jean-Pierre Klein Christian Leglise
Franck Pasquier Jacquot/Eric
Jean-Jose Richer Rene Bernardini
Laszlo Szabo Lieutnant Bergen
Jessica Zucman Rosette Goldstern
Marcel Berbert Merlin
Richard Bohringer Gestapo Officer
Renata Greta Borg
Ewa Truffaut Secretary

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Martine Barraqué-Curie Editor
Marie-Aimée Debril Editor
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jean-Claude Grumberg Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko Art Director
Michel Laurent Sound/Sound Designer
Liselle Roos Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Schiffman Screenwriter

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