Truffaut’s stirring tribute to the Resistance and to theatre, set in Paris in 1942, is Deneuve’s first pairing with Gérard Depardieu. Marion takes over the theatre managed by her German-Jewish husband after he goes into hiding. She hires Bernard (Depardieu) as the star of her new production, and as rehearsals proceed, an attraction grows between them. A calm, powerful film about love, drama and the place of art in war, it was the winner in ten categories at the 1981 César Awards.
Followed by a discussion with Nick Walker