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The Last Metro (The Criterion Collection) (1980)

Catherine Deneuve , Gerard Depardieu , François Truffaut  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Jean-Louis Richard, Paulette Dubost
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O549EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Metro (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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 metro) is Truffaut s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Two audio commentaries: one featuring Annette Insdorf, author of François Truffaut, and one with actor Gérard Depardieu, historian Jean-Pierre Azéma, and Truffat biographer Serge Toubiana
Deleted scene
French television excerpts of interviews with Truffaut, actress Catherine Deneuve, Depardieu, and actor Jean Poiret
New video interviews with actresses Andréa Ferréol, Sabine Haudepin, and Paulette Dubost, assistant director Alain Tasma, and camera assistants Florent Bazin and Tessa Racine
Une histoire d eau, Truffaut s 1958 short film co-directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A new essay by Armond White

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic September 24, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
One of Truffaut's and Deneuve's best pictures. It has warmth, history, a sense of the absurd, excellent pacing, and a bit of suspense. It's also has more a linear storyline then many French films. All of the performances are excellent.
Two Warnings:
1. Avoid dubbed versions (Deneuve's sense of humor is in her voice, not on her face, resulting in a mirthless character when dubbed).
2. The new Fox version changed the sub-titles and wrecked some of the best lines.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truffaut at his best July 9, 2001
Format:DVD
I was first drawn to this film when I read a news article that this film had been considered by many French critics to be the best French film of the 80's. I couldn't have agreed more with that judgment when I saw it. Truffaut goes beyond telling a story of love and tragedy in Nazi-occupied France, it shows how intensely he feels about art and theater and how inseparable they are from human life. Theater is a big part in the lives of the central characters and hence a key ingredient of this film as well. Truffaut uses that fictional theater and interweaves that with real lives so seamlessly that it sometimes blows your mind away. I think in many ways it is an extension of 'Day for Night'. A terrific achievement, to say the least.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless Dramatic Performance April 19, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
During the nazi occupation of Paris, when missing the last metro meant a long and dangerous night on the streets, everyone must play a part. There are great sub-plots related to freedom and tyranny, but the star is Deneuve. This is her best role, and she has had many great ones. Here, she is an actress who cannot betray her love for the leading man, Depardieu, to her playwright husband in hiding who "directs" by what he hears. Great dramatic tension, great performances, and a great illustration (or a parable) of the realities that are created by drama. Maltin is obtuse when he says the movie, especially the finale, is pointless. The end is entirely fitting and pleasant, although startling. The war is won, the subterfuge can be abandoned, and the protagonists in the drama continue to create and order reality.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Truffaut that gets better with every viewing. August 1, 2001
Format:DVD
Truffaut follows in the tradition of Jean-Pierre Melville by adapting a popular genre as a serious allegory for the darkest period in French history: the Nazi Occupation. Just as Melville used the gangster film to examine notions of legality, legitimacy, authority and criminality in a period when the Resistance were outlaws and the police were rounding up Jews for the death camps, so Truffaut takes the beloved putting-on-a-show warhorse, and uses it as a metaphor for the conditions of life in Occupied France: the need to act, adapt and continually discard roles. When Depardieu's character leaves to fight for the Resistance, he puns about exchanging his make-up (maquillage) for the maquis. What Truffaut is most interested in, as in all his films, is the effect this need for constant dissembling has on individual identity and relationships.
This wonderful romantic comedy plays like a mature update of 'Casablanca', richly stylised, bravely open-ended, with Truffaut's moving camera wrenching spirit from claustrophobic confines.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisying Movie of Choices and Adult Feelings January 20, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a first-class romantic, suspensful and humane movie. The Germans have occupied Paris and there are informers everywhere. Marion Steiner (Catherine Deneuve), a famous actress, has taken over the management of the theater her husband, Lucas Steiner, an equally famous director, has left. Steiner is a Jew and disappeared shortly after the Germans took over. For the next production Marion Steiner hires a young actor, Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu), who loves women and who gradually comes to love Marion.

There are secrets everywhere. Lucas Steiner is hiding and living in the basement of the theater, protected by his wife. He directs the new play through notes to his wife and discussions in the late evening when she visits him. Granger is an member of the resistance who could bring disaster to the theater if he is caught. Marion Steiner is devoted to her husband, but feelings for Granger slowly begin to appear, and are not unnoticed by her husband. All the while life in Paris under the Nazis goes on, the play is prepared and rehearsed, Jewish members of the company are protected or caught or flee. An odious, collaborating journalist and theater reviewer uses his contacts and influence to try to arrange a relationship with Marion. Eventually Bernard leaves the theater for active fighting.

This is something of a romantic movie of choices. At the end of the movie, the Germans are fleeing Paris. Bernard has returned and a new play starring Marion and Bernard is a great success. Lucas is spotted by the audience at the rear of a box and they stand to applaud him. Bernard and Marion bring him to the stage to join them in receiving the ovation for the play. Then Marion moves between the two men, holds their hands, and the three of them stand smiling while the applause roars on.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
A romantic and beautiful film from one of the founders of the French new wave of films, iconic director Francois Truffaut's award winning film "THE LAST METRO" is given THE CRITERION COLLECTION treatment showcasing the well-thought and well-planned script of Truffaut but also the beautiful cinematography by Nestor Almendros. But the film is much more beautiful thanks to the outstanding performances by Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.

"THE LAST METRO" showcases Deneuve and Depardieu's great chemistry and acting. Both talents were just magnificent in the way they portrayed their characters. Deneuve moreso, as the emotions on her face shows us strength, compassion but also elegance and sexiness. This in combination with the variety of the characters but the way the film was written and how the film was shot. Everything came together as Francois Truffaut pays his homage to the theatre but showing how things were at that time in France during the occupation.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"THE LAST METRO" is a film that has been digitally remastered for "THE CRITERION COLLECTION" release. The film is now 30-years-old is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:66:1. The high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35 mm interpositive from the original negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System.

As Truffaut was an iconic director for his well-planned ideas up to its overall execution, his partnership with cinematographer Nestor Almendros brought beautiful imagery. "THE LAST METRO" featured a monochrome red. In fact, the film does not utilize so many colors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine at her best
What can say... it is Catherine at her best in one of the best films I have seen. I had to buy because it is the kind of story that remains with you for the rest of your life.
Published 22 days ago by nlp
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertrainment in occupied France
I was captivated when I saw the film in Paris. Very intense and a real thriller during the German occupation. Great role for Mme. Denueve
Published 4 months ago by Actualle
5.0 out of 5 stars Truffant's classic.
Catherine Deneuve. Just looking at this incredibly beautiful woman is enough, but this story of a theaterical company in occupied Paris during World War II has something for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by H. L. Chappell
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for this French WW II favorite
In one of Francois Truffaunt's more popular movies that won a host of Cesars, French beauty Catherine Deneuve plays Marion Steiner, the wife of Lucas (Heinz Bennent), a Jewish... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Oleson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful War Movie without the fighting.
This is a fantastic film about real life in Paris during the war. While you are very aware that the war is going on, there are no fighting scenes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nancy R. Dotson
3.0 out of 5 stars Making art in Nazi occupied France
Making art in Nazi occupied France. You'd think this would be more absorbing than it is but the passions of these artists seem rather muted.
Published on January 1, 2012 by Michael Harbour
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of "Inglourious Basterds" in the storyline...
Although this precedes the Quentin Tarantino film by several decades, you have to wonder whether screenwriter Tarantino drew some inspiration for his storyline from THE LAST METRO. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by N. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold Blu-Ray Colors
Great Blu-Ray disc of The Last Metro. Colors are outstanding. The movie stands the test of time. Deneuve is stunning (as per usual).
Published on February 26, 2011 by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Metro captures the tension of occupied Paris
Great cast- every single choice perfect. This won Best Foreign Film in 1980 & I still think it is one of the best films portraying that period in which the Germans occupied Paris. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by Sharon D
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU SHOULD...
YOU SHOULD...BUY BOTH CRITERION BLURAY FOR IMAGE QUALITY AND INTERVIEWS, AND FRANCE MK2 DVD EDITION FOR ORIGINAL THEATRICAL FEELING AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF DOCUMENTRIES BEHIND THE... Read more
Published on October 29, 2010 by HAN XIAO
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