The Last Metro PG

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This film was last shown on 19 May 2022

Set in 1942, during the German occupation of France, Truffaut’s The Last Metro follows a small theatre in the Montmartre area of Paris. The theatre owner, a Jewish man, is kept hidden from the Nazis by his wife, an actress. The title of the film refers to the wartime curfew in occupied Paris, where theatres remained open but audiences had to rush to catch the last train home. A gripping, humanist character study, The Last Metro follows the theatre troupe as they believe the show must go on. Combining romance, historical tragedy and, at times, even comedy, The Last Metro is Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity. The film won 10 Césars in 1981, and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe, becoming one of the most successful productions of Truffaut’s career.

François Truffaut
2 hours 12 minutes
Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Jean Poiret


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