FFC Worldwide Wednesdays (9/29/21)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
2:00pm PST / 3:00pm MST / 4:00pm CST / 5:00pm EST
Alliance Française of Greenwich
In English

Focus on French Cinema, presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich, invites you to join their Worldwide Wednesdays film discussions, where a different French movie will be discussed each week in fascinating, lively Q&A sessions with Director of Programming and film critic, Joe Meyers.

The Last Metro / Le Dernier Métro (1980)
Directed by: François Truffaut

The Last Metro (French: Le Dernier Métro) is a 1980 historical drama film, written and directed by François Truffaut, that stars Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.

Opening in 1942 during the German occupation of France, it follows the fortunes of a small theatre in the Montmartre area of Paris which keeps up passive resistance by maintaining its cultural integrity, despite censorship, antisemitism and material shortages, to emerge triumphant at the war’s end. The title evokes two salient facts of city life under the Germans: fuel shortages led people to spend their evenings in theatres and other places of entertainment, but the curfew meant they had to catch the last Métro train home.

In 1981, the film won 10 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 Globe Awards.

The Last Metro was one of Truffaut’s more 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 more successful films in his native country.

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