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3.0 out of 5 stars Minor Truffaut, but still enjoyable, 18 Jun 2006
This review is from: The Last Metro [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
Although Truffaut had another two films in him, in many ways The Last Metro looks as if it was planned as his last movie, even down to filming a deleted scene (included on the Tartan PAL DVD) where a dying director tries to convince Catherine Deneuve's heroine to star in his last film. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it sums up his life and work so much as it feels as if the somewhat half-hearted screenplay has been rushed into production without being entirely thought through. Not that its bad - indeed parts of it are quite enjoyable - more that it tends to drift by like exactly the kind of `well-made play' that he once attacked, with the romance barely developed and much of the interest coming from characters on the sidelines, such as Jean-Louis Richard's critic, collaborator and anti-Semitic propagandist. At it's best it comes over like a theatrical variation on Day For Night set against the German occupation (indeed, Richard was DFN's co-writer), without ever quite matching that film's emotional rollercoaster ride.

The transfer is good and the extras on Tartan's original DVD are interesting - 2 contemporary interviews with Truffaut bemoaning the film's 'failure' (despite it's box-office and critical success), footage from the Cesar Awards, trailer and audio commentary by Jean-Pierre Azema and Gerard Depardieu. As with other Truffaut titles previously issued by Tartan, the new Cinema Club DVD drops most of that version's extras but does retain the audio commentary and the trailer, but you'd be better off tracking down the deleted Tartan disc.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2011 05:09:51 GMT
Best of all Métro reviews.
Two points
(1) use of major/minor (you seem to like it) asks for a full list, so avoid phrasing
(2) an example for a PRE-Nouvelle Vague movie, dialogues and decorations alike.
Two stars is enough.
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