Directors: Truffaut, Francois–Auteur, Vision, Themes

Truffaut’s films often make connections between filmmaking and film-watching.

The opening of The Last Metro, a self-conscious movie, blends documentary footage with period recreations alongside shots of contemporary film posters.

Truffaut commented: “this film is not concerned merely with anti-semitism but intolerance in general” and a tolerance is shown through the characters of Jean Poiret playing a homosexual director and Andrea Ferreol plays a lesbian designer.

As in Truffaut’s earlier films Jules et Jim and Two English Girls, there is a love triangle between the three principal characters: Marion Steiner (Deneuve), her husband Lucas (Heinz Bennent) and Bernard Granger (Depardieu), an actor in the theatre’s latest production.