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WRT 101 - Northwest - Writing I: Historical Contexts



Claude Rains (second from left), Paul Henreid, Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman in a scene from 'Casablanca,' 1942.
 Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 31 Aug 2017. quest.eb.comAccessed 10 Oct 2017.

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The Last Metro

The Last Metro (1980)

Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in Francois Truffaut's gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds--a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man who's in the Resistance; increasingly restrictive Nazi oversight--the troupe believes the show must go on. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, The Last Metro (Le dernier metro) is Truffaut's ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity.

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