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more than just a pretty face The story of "The Last Metro" is set in Paris, 1942, during the Nazi occupation. Miss Deneuve plays Marion Steiner, a popular film actress who is running her husband s well known stage theater. Her husband, a Jew, has apparently fled to unoccupied France, but we learn early on in the movie that Lucas Steiner is actually hiding in the theater s basement. The "slice of life" plot follows the theater group as it assembles a production. Since Lucas can hear the rehearsals from his hiding place in the basement, he is able to direct the play through his wife. Meanwhile, she is reluctantly falling in love with her costar, played by Bernard Depardieu. How would she describe Marion Steiner? "In my mind? She was a complex person. It Moncler Down Jackets Women With Hooded Zip Purple is someone who was made to assume [roles] she was not made for. From the beginning she became a stage actress but she was not a stage actress. She became a director but she was not a director. She managed a theater but she never knew how. "I think that is a good reason why she is more sympathetic than you would think, because she is assuming things she was not made for. She is trying to do the best, trying to be at the heart of the situation, which in the context of the occupation is very difficult. "And she is someone who has a secret, and she keeps her secret until the end of the film. This is a mysterious film because everybody has got a secret, which gives the film a great quality. "It seems very simple, the life in How Warm Are Moncler Jackets this theater, but everything is more than what the people say. It is more than the way things appear on the surface. It keeps the film moving because it entertains you, because you have something to hope for, something to wish for. . . . I liked Marion Steiner for that. I liked that you had to take more than simply what she was doing and saying." Adding to the tension (the husband hiding from the Gestapo, two men belonging to the resistance movement, and more than one secret love affair in progress) is the backdrop of the Nazi occupation. It is an oft repeated subject of French movies, and Truffaut is said to have wanted to make a film dealing with the occupation. He has done so, indirectly, in "The Last Metro." The German soldiers appear only occasionally, but their presence overshadows the activities of Mrs. Steiner s theater group. "I think part of the success of The Last Metro is that it does not really tell the story of the occupation," Miss Deneuve said. "It tells the story of a troupe during the occupation. . . . It shows you things, and it lets a lot of people think what they want to think . . . without really pushing too hard. Films are always telling the story of the occupation, but it is never the story people remember." In the midst of this talk about Nazis and Paris, she received a phone call from "The Tonight Show." The caller wanted to touch on the questions Moncler Men Online Johnny Carson would be asking her on the show later that evening. When she put the receiver down, Miss Deneuve let out a long sigh and rolled her eyes toward the ceiling. "He wants me to talk about love, and I know that he means romantic love. Well, I will talk about it, but not the way he wants," she says, with more than a touch of irritation in her voice. She comments that in America she often runs into a stereotype of French women in general, and of herself in particular. "They think a French woman is charming, has good taste, is classy . . . something like a Chanel ad. . . . But I am more than these things. In America, people tell me how much they like my work, but they have never seen my movies."