Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Truffaut balances his hopeful plot on a tightrope of coincidences and narrow escapes that horrifically suggest the abyss that engulfed so many men and women of the artistic and political underground. In French."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Political and romantic intrigues run parallel and then intersect in Truffaut's critically acclaimed and commercially popular Oscar-nominated WWII saga, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As a portrait of a time, Last Metro is a warmly performed and deftly shot trifle."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Accomplished and beautifully-done."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"'The Last Metro provides a mesmerizing and realistic view of life under German Occupation and ranks as the best of Truffaut's later films'"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A dazzlingly subversive work."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"a simple melodrama that misses its marks and shies away from any potential substance."
‑ Jason Morgan, Filmcritic.com
"A loving account of the literal and figurative romance of the stage, even under the most trying of social circumstances. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The Last Metro puts on vivid display Francois Truffaut's humanism and artistic craft."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"With few of the director's idiosyncrasies, this is not one of Truffaut's more groundbreaking films."
‑ Jason Korsner, BBC.com
"At times, the film seems to be about the reasons for its own emptiness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"although not one of Truffaut's strongest works, it is nevertheless a striking and engaging film, one that reflects the great filmmaker's love of artistic creation and its role in maintaining humanity"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The muted colors give the film a haunted look, like it was a film made in the 1940s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Beautiful, colorful late Truffaut -- extremely powerful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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