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_THE LAST METRO_ (French : _LE DERNIER MéTRO_) is a 1980 historical drama made by Les Films du Carrosse, written and directed by the French filmmaker François Truffaut , and starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu .

The film is set during the time of the French occupation and demonstrates passive resistance through culture in the story of a small Parisian theatre surviving censorship , antisemitism and material shortages to emerge triumphant at the war’s end.

In 1981, the film won ten Césars for: best film, best actor (Depardieu), best actress (Deneuve), best cinematography, best director (Truffaut), best editing, best music, best production design, best sound and best writing. It received Best Foreign Film nominations in the Academy Awards and Golden Globes .

_The Last Metro_ was one of Truffaut's most successful productions, grossing $3,007,436 in the United States; this was also true in France, where it had 3,384,045 admissions, making it one of his most successful films in his native country.

CONTENTS

* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Themes * 5 Reception * 6 Awards and nominations * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

PLOT

Set during the German occupation of Paris
Paris
during the Second World War , it tells the story of Lucas Steiner, a Jewish theatre director and his Gentile wife, Marion Steiner, who struggles to keep him concealed from the Nazis
Nazis
in their theatre cellar while she performs both his former job as the director and hers as an actress.

The title _The Last Metro_ refers to the fact that during the occupation it was imperative that Parisians catch the last train (Métro ) home. This was to avoid breaking the strict curfew imposed by the Nazis. During the winter months of occupied Paris
Paris
there was no way to obtain coal, and the only manner in which people could keep warm was attending plays in theatres, which ended just before the last train left.

CAST

* Catherine Deneuve as Marion Steiner * Gérard Depardieu as Bernard Granger * Heinz Bennent as Lucas Steiner * Jean Poiret as Jean-Loup Cottins * Andréa Ferréol as Arlette Guillaume, the costume designer * Paulette Dubost as Germaine Fabre, the older woman employed by the theatre * Sabine Haudepin as Nadine Marsac, the young actress * Jean-Louis Richard as Daxiat * Maurice Risch as Raymond Boursier, the technician of the theatre * Marcel Berbert as Merlin * Richard Bohringer as a Gestapo
Gestapo
Officer * László Szabó as Lieutenant Bergen * Jean-Pierre Klein as Christian Leglise, a resistant * Franck Pasquier as Jacquot/Eric * Rose Thierry as Jacquot's mother * Martine Simonet as Martine Sénéchal * Christian Baltauss as the actor replacing Bernard * Rénata as Greta Borg, a singer in a club * Hénia Ziv as Yvonne * Jean-José Richer as René Bernardini * Jessica Zucman as Rosette * René Dupré as M. Valentin * Alain Tasma as Marc * Pierre Belot as the Hotel porter * Jacob Weizbluth as Rosen

PRODUCTION

Truffaut had wanted to create a film set during the French occupation period for a long time, as his uncle and grandfather were both part of the French Resistance , who were once caught while passing messages. This event was eventually recreated in _The Last Metro_. Truffaut was stimulated by the actor Jean Marais ’ autobiography and by other documents of theatre people from during the occupation of which he based the film upon.

This film was one instalment—dealing with theatre—of a trilogy on the entertainment world that Truffaut had planned. The instalment that dealt with the film world was 1973's _La Nuit Américaine _ (_Day for Night_), which had won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film . Truffaut completed the screenplay for the third instalment, _L'Agence Magique_, which would have dealt with the world of music hall . In the late 1970s he was close to beginning filming, but the failure of his film _The Green Room _ forced him to look to a more commercial project, and he filmed _Love on the Run _ instead.

Truffaut began casting in September 1979, and he wrote the role of Marion especially with Catherine Deneuve in mind for her energy. Gérard Depardieu initially did not want to be involved in the film, as he did not like Truffaut’s directing style, but he was later convinced.

Most of the filming took place in an abandoned chocolate factory on Rue du Landy in Clichy , which was converted into a studio. During shooting Deneuve suffered an ankle sprain from a fall, resulting in having to shoot over scenes at short notice. Scriptwriter Suzanne Schiffman was also hospitalised with a serious intestinal obstruction. The film shoot lasted fifty-nine days and ended on April 21, 1980.

THEMES

A recurring theme in Truffaut’s films has been linking film making and film watching. _The Last Metro_ is self-conscious in this respect. In the opening the film mixes documentary footage with period re-creations alongside shots of contemporary film posters.

Truffaut commented “this film is not concerned merely with anti-semitism but intolerance in general” and a tolerance is shown through the characters of Jean Poiret playing a homosexual director and Andrea Ferreol plays a lesbian designer.

As in Truffaut's earlier film _ Jules et Jim
Jules et Jim
_, there is a love triangle between the three principal characters: Marion Steiner (Deneuve), her husband Lucas (Heinz Bennent) and Bernard Granger (Depardieu), an actor in the theatre's latest production.

RECEPTION

The film recorded admissions in France of 3,384,045.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

* ACADEMY AWARDS (USA)

* Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

* NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW (USA)

* Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

* BOSTON FILM CRITICS (USA)

* WON: Best Foreign Language Film

* CéSAR AWARDS (France)

* WON: Best Actor – Leading Role (Gérard Depardieu) * WON: Best Actress – Leading Role (Catherine Deneuve) * WON: Best Cinematography (Néstor Almendros) * WON: Best Director (François Truffaut) * WON: Best Editing (Martine Barraqué) * WON: Best Film * WON: Best Music (Georges Delerue) * WON: Best Production Design (Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko) * WON: Best Sound (Michel Laurent) * WON: Best Writing ( Suzanne Schiffman and François Truffaut) * Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Heinz Bennent) * Nominated: Best Actress – Supporting Role (Andréa Ferréol)

* DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS (Italy)

* WON: Best Foreign Actress (Catherine Deneuve)

* GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (USA)

* Nominated: Best Foreign Film

SEE ALSO

* List of submissions to the 53rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film * List of French submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

REFERENCES

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The Last Metro
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OCLC
12613514 . pp. 238-239. * ^ Baecque, Antoine de; Temerson, Serge Toubiana (2000). _Truffaut_. Translation from French by Catherine. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4 . * ^ Insdorf, Annette (9 February 1981). "How Truffaut's 'The Last Metro' Reflects Occupied Paris". _The New York Times_. access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Higgins, Lynn A. (1998). _New Novel, New Wave, New Politics_. University of Nebraska Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-8032-7309-2 . * ^ Baecque, Antoine de; Temerson, Serge Toubiana (2000). _Truffaut_. Translation from French by Catherine. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4 . * ^ Baecque, Antoine de; Temerson, Serge Toubiana (2000). _Truffaut_. Translation from French by Catherine. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4 . * ^ Baecque, Antoine de; Temerson, Serge Toubiana (2000). _Truffaut_. Translation from French by Catherine. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 356. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4 . * ^ Baecque, Antoine de; Temerson, Serge Toubiana (2000). _Truffaut_. Translation from French by Catherine. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 357. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4 . * ^ Insdorf, Annette (1994). _François Truffaut_ (Rev. and updated ed.). Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0-521-47808-3 . * ^ White, Armond. "Truffaut\'s Changing Times: The Last Metro". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 15 February 2013. * ^ Insdorf, Annette. "How Truffaut\'s \'The Last Metro\' Reflects Occupied Paris". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2013. * ^ Catherine Deneuve box office information at Box Office Story * ^ "1981 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures . 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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