Sight and Sound - 06/01/1981
"...Deneuve has always been at her best directed by Truffaut. In THE LAST METRO she has never been more glamorous..."
New York Times - 02/11/1981
"...A dazzlingly subversive work....The entire cast is splendid..."
USA Today - 10/09/1992
"...Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu supply the star power that made this Oscar nominee one of its decade's premier art-house smashes..."
A determined woman endeavors to keep her Jewish husband's theatre operating while the Nazis occupy Paris. Each night, she visits her husband who is hiding in a secret apartment under the stage. Winner of ten French Cesar awards.
Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in Francois Truffaut's gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds--a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man who's in the Resistance; increasingly restrictive Nazi oversight--the troupe believes the show must go on. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, The Last Metro (Le dernier metro) is Truffaut's ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity.
François Truffaut, whose "Day for Night" explored the world of filmmaking, now turns to the stage in this story of a small theater company during the German occupation of France. Marion Steiner, the theater's owner, is desperately trying to keep both the troupe and Lucas, her Jewish husband, alive. To do this, she's staging a new play, which must be successful if she is to maintain the theater. Not only is this an artistic imperative -- the building also serves as a refuge for Lucas, who's hiding from the Nazis. But just as the actors begin their rehearsals, an anti-semitic journalist ensconces himself in the theater, creating an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. Will he discover Lucas's hideaway... or the truth about the political affiliations of the group's lead actor'
Winner of 10 Cesars (French Academy Awards), including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Winner of the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Film; and the Houston Film Festival award for Best Cinematography.