French Cinema

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Trailer: Le Dernier métro (François Truffaut, 1980)



“In “The Last Metro”, François Truffaut studies artists struggling against the odds – the artists being a Parisian theatre company and the odds, the Nazis, two years into their occupation of Northern France.

Truffaut sets the scene by telling us that under the occupation, food and fuel are scarce, and people book to go to the theatre, months in advance, often just to keep warm.

When Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent), the Jewish owner of the Montparnasse Theatre, is forced into hiding from the Nazis, his gentile wife and lead actress Marion (Catherine Deneuve) takes over. She hires the womanising actor Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu) for the lead in their next production, the aptly titled play “Disappearance”, which is to be directed from Lucas’ own notes.

As the film examines the rehearsals and production of the play, against a backdrop of fear and anti-Semitic persecution, Marion’s frustration at the increasing emptiness of her marriage and the tenderness of her acting with Bernard draws her towards him…

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | L'Occupation au Cinéma, Les Années '80 | , , , , , | Leave a comment