Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in François Truffaut’s gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds—a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man who’s in the Resistance; increasingly restrictive Nazi oversight—the troupe believes the show must go on. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, The Last Metro (Le dernier métro) is Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity. —The Criterion Collection
The product of an unhappy, loveless home, Truffaut began using films to escape the exigencies of reality at age seven, virtually living in various Parisian movie houses. He left school to go to work at 14, and, one year later, founded a film club, which brought him to the attention of influential cinema critic Andre Bazin. Over the next few years, Bazin both financed and protected Truffaut. In 1953, Bazin hired Truffaut as a critic/essayist for Cahiers du Cinema. It was in the January 1954 edition that Truffaut published his landmark essay “A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema,” in which he attacked directors who merely ground out films without any personal cinematic vision; he also propounded the auteur theory, which opined that the only directors worth serious consideration were those who left their own individual signatures on each of their films. Truffaut noted that writing critiques enabled him to understand why he loved films and to rationalize his reasons for liking them… read more
If you go in with way different expectations the result is much more pleasurable; would definitely benefit from a second viewing for most people. A lot of my initial issues have already been listed but looking back at it it seems that's most only because I was looking at it from the wrong viewpoint throughout much of it.
Am I the only one that sees shades of Inglourious Basterds in this? Surely Tarantino drew inspiration from this, it'd be farfetched to say that he copied it because he didn't at all but drew inspiration - sure, Laurent looks a bit like Laurent, it's a theater instead of a cinema but the color palette and style is often the same even if this is far more withdrawn and doesn't really have a Brad Pitt scalping nazis.
“The drive went into the filmmaking, in an effort to render an image of that fleeting apparition known as human experience.”
He worked with Bergman, Truffaut, Schlöndorff and Żuławski.
"Liv Ullmann wasn't Ingmar Bergman's muse, she was his partner in angst - a fellow weary existential traveler conspiring with him to invent
he Last Metro (1980) François Truffaut’s colorful picture post card from the Occupation giving us a dramatization of how the wealthy bore up under the inconveniences of war time… read review
Francois Truffaut’s theater companion to “Day for Night”, mixed together as a tragi-comedy set during the Nazi occupation, with big stars (Deneuve, Depardieu) and a careful lighting gloss from master… read review