Who is François Truffaut?
The Rebellious Icon of the New Wave!
Becoming the Great Truffaut!
François Truffaut Most Memorable Films
The 400 Blows (1959)
Jules e Jim (1962)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Effetto Notte (1973)
Le Dernier Métro (1980)
Set in Nazi-occupied Paris, people race daily to catch the Last Metro before the curfew. Hoping to take a break from the cruel reality and fight the cold winter, the citizens head to the theatre to stay warm and enjoy a show. In the theatre, the real story begins as we follow actress Marion Steiner who must keep the show running while doing her job and the job of her Jewish husband, the director, who is hiding from the Nazis.
While taking some liberties with the historical reconstruction, offering various details of everyday life in France under occupation, Truffaut vividly recreated the atmosphere of the time with songs, clothes and other objects.
In this film, Truffaut mindfully tackled the theme of discrimination, the Jewish origins of the husband, and the homosexuality of some of the cast members and how if the Nazis discovered them, they would eliminate them without mercy. Art thus becomes the only escape from tyranny and, again, from one’s private life.
Le Dernier Métro was a blockbuster, and it received numerous nominations, including the Best Foreign Language Film award at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
There is no denying how great François Truffaut was; the man loved cinema like no other. François Truffaut loved the profession so much that he fought hard to change the industry for the better, and the fight paid off! While his time on this earth was not long, his magical touch would certainly live forever, thanks to his timeless masterpieces.