The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro)
The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro) (1981)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 11, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

You find yourself wondering what it was in Truffaut that ever appealed to you. It seemed to be something genuine, and now it seems lost.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

At times, the film seems to be about the reasons for its own emptiness.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

As a portrait of a time, Last Metro is a warmly performed and deftly shot trifle.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A dazzlingly subversive work.

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Jason Morgan

a simple melodrama that misses its marks and shies away from any potential substance.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A loving account of the literal and figurative romance of the stage, even under the most trying of social circumstances. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
a phenomenal film except for its two weaknesses, but those two are fairly big and really hold the film back from masterpiece status. One, at no point did i buy… More
Stefanie C
for some reason, i am partial to occupation films. it's nice to see depardieu as a young, sexy beast. deneuve's reserved and restrained performance is… More
Jim Hunter
During the Nazi occupation of France, a theater struggles to survive against censorship and the various conflicts among the company. What I liked most about… More
Alec Barniskis
It looses some points for a messy ending, but just about everything else is brilliant. Truffaunt spends almost the whole running time moving effortlessly… More
paul sandberg
exceedingly well filmed, with many continuous long dolly shots, this film about a theatre in occupied Paris during WWII boasts Catherine Deneuve and Gerard… More
Alex Hall
One of Truffaut's best!