One of the high points of the 18th New York Film Festival was Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro, an engaging love story set in France during World War II. Catherine Deveuve hides her Jewish husband (Heinz Bennent) in the cellar of the theatrical company he founded. Meanwhile, she rehearses a play and falls in love with the leading man (Gerard Depardieu). Truffaut skillfully portrays the virus of anti-Semitism sweeping the country and also manages to convey the behind-the-scenes workings of a theatre company operating in an atmosphere of repression. The style of love here is shaped and stunted but not vanquished by Nazism. Truffaut's humanism and his artistic craft have never been so perfectly wedded.
The Last Metro
Puts on vivid display Francois Truffaut's humanism and artistic craft.