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Truffaut, whose Day For Night explored the world of filmmaking, now turns to the stage in this story of a small theatre company during the German occupation of France. Marion Steiner (Catherine Deneuve), the theatre’s owner, is desperately trying to keep both the troupe and Lucas (Heinz Bennet), her Jewish husband, alive. To do this, she’s staging a new play, which must be successful if she is to maintain the theatre. Not only is this an artistic imperative–the building also serves as a refuge for Lucas–but just as the actors begin their rehearsals, an anti-Semitic journalist ensconces himself in the theatre, creating an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. Will he discover Lucas’s hideaway…or the truth about the political affiliations of Bernard (Gerard Depardieu), the group’s lead actor?
With: Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Poiret, Heinz Bennent, Andrea Ferreol.
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