The Last Metro The Last Metro

The Last Metro

François Truffaut

 
The Last Metro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1980
  • 131 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #462

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.

Cast

Marion SteinerCatherine Deneuve
Bernard GrangerGérard Depardieu
Jean-Loup CottinsJean Poiret
Arlette GuillaumeAndréa Ferréol
Germaine FabrePaulette Dubost
DaxiatJean-Louis Richard
Nadine MarsacSabine Haudepin
RaymondMaurice Risch
Lucas SteinerHeinz Bennent
Bernard’s replacementChristian Baltauss
ValentinRené Dupré

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring Annette Insdorf, author of François Truffaut, and one with actor Gérard Depardieu, historian Jean-Pierre Azéma, and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
  • Deleted scene
  • French television excerpts of interviews with Truffaut, and actors Catherine Deneuve, Depardieu, and 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
  • A video interview with the celebrated cinematographer Nestor Almendros, detailing his collaborations with Truffaut
  • 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 booklet featuring a new essay by Armond White

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

Truffaut’s Changing Times: The Last Metro

By Armond White March 23, 2009

The Last Metro was the most crowd-pleasing film of François Truffaut’s latter career, sweeping an armload of prizes at France’s Oscar equivalent, the César Awards. It was also as personal a film . . . Read more »

Web Exclusives

The Last Metro

By François Truffaut April 02, 2009

Writing the screenplay for The Last Metro with Suzanne Schiffman, I intended to do for the theater what I had done for the cinema in Day for Night: the chronicle of a troupe at work, within a . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Super Troupe

April 01, 2009

The phrase “the show must go on” gets a dark twist in François Truffaut’s 1980 Oscar-nominated The Last Metro, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu as theater folk who keep working . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Truffaut’s Changing Times: The Last Metro

By Armond White March 23, 2009

The Last Metro was the most crowd-pleasing film of François Truffaut’s latter career, sweeping an armload of prizes at France’s Oscar equivalent, the César Awards. It was also as personal a film . . . Read more »