The Last Metro (original French title: Le Dernier Métro) is a 1980 film made by Les Films du Carrosse, written and directed by the French filmmaker François Truffaut, and starringCatherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.
The film is set during the time of the French occupation it 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.
Set during the German occupation of 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 in their theatre cellar while she performs both his former job as the director and hers as an actress.
The title The Last Métro 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, 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.
- 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 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. Valentine
- Alain Tasma as Marc
- Pierre Belot as the Hotel porter
- Chrtistian Baltauss as Bernard's replacement
- Jacob Weizbluth as Rosen