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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 despite the Nazi occupation. “Standing in opposition to that threat,” writes Keith Phipps in the Onion’s A.V. Club, “Truffaut places artistry, compassion, and commitment. Humanity was always his weapon of choice.” And there’s more praise from the San Francisco Chronicle (“Truffaut’s last great film”), Slant (“warmly performed and deftly shot”), and the Washington Times (“a very moving testament to human integrity and survival”).
The Last Metro is now available in DVD and Blu-ray editions.
Update (7APR09): The praise must go on, too, as evidenced by this week’s review in the Austin Chronicle: “Lush and romantic with occasional stylistic nods to the director's origins in the nouvelle vague, The Last Metro was Truffaut’s last masterpiece.”