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The Last Metro


Part of The Films of Catherine Deneuve – Every Thursday in August! 

Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu star in one of Francois Truffaut’s most commercially successful films, a romantic and suspenseful drama focusing on a Parisian theatre troupe during the German occupation.

“Truffaut at his very best … a dazzlingly subversive work.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times

The greatest domestic success of Truffaut’s career, The Last Metro was the director’s highest-grossing film at the French box office, won ten Cesar Awards (including Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress), and in 1990 was selected as the best film of the decade by the Cesar voting body of 2,500 French film professionals. In this gripping character study, Deneuve stars as Marion Steiner, a French stage actress who takes over her Jewish husband’s theatrical company when he is forced to flee from the German invaders. Supposedly having escaped to South America, the husband is actually hiding in the theatre’s cellar, and Marion’s struggle to save him is complicated by her growing passion for a leading actor in the troupe (Depardieu), and the company’s unwavering belief that the show must go on. Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity is surprisingly charming given its heavy subject matter, and Deneuve is as elegant and compelling as ever. (Dir. by Francois Truffaut, 1980, France, in French with subtitles, 131 mins.. Rated PG)