Truffaut’s film are the most subversive of the new wave school because there is a purity to his cinema. He doesn’t obsess over post-modern statements in style or bizarre chronology or any of the obvious new wave stuff that most people recognize as brilliant. He is a storyteller through and through. He tells personal stories that are entertaining enough for everyone to watch. This is why he is a master on the ranks of Polanski and Hitchcock. This is his most lavish, polished, and mainstream film event and yet it still is 100% a Truffaut film.
THE LAST METRO is a gorgeous movie. Perhaps its not as wild or as intense or as awkward as his previous films but its exactly the movie’s sense of calm that makes this a unique Occupation picture. It’s an ode to theater and to actors and to film, about how it can keep our heads together when we really need that the most. His movies are strictly love letters. To women, to men, to children, to love, to heartbreak, and to art.