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With: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Heinz Bennett, Jea-Louis Richard, Jean Poiret, Andrea Ferreol
Written by: Francois Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman
Directed by: Francois Truffaut
MPAA Rating: PG
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 135
Date: 09/17/1980

The Last Metro (1980)

4 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Francois Truffaut takes a stab at an anti-war film with a conscience, but like Renoir with Grand Illusion, he does it without showing any battle footage. Catherine Deneuve runs a small theater in occupied France during WWII and hides her Jewish husband in the basement. They hire dashing Gerard Depardieu to perform in a play that will hopefully save the theater, but a love triangle develops. Truffaut shoots in a kind of glossy, nostalgic tone (which makes his actors look luminous), but the danger lurking just outside the corner of the frame is still palpable. This accomplished and beautifully-done film was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. It's now available on a Criterion Collection DVD, with commentary tracks, interviews and other stuff.

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