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Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)

Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player) (1960)

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80

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Francois Truffaut's loving homage to Hollywood gangster films is less a plot-filled film noir than a free-associative meditation on the genre. Charles Aznavour stars as a one-time concert pianist who gained fame as Edouard Saroyan but has since changed his name to Charlie Kohler and plays honky-tonk in an out-of-the-way saloon. His self-imposed exile is shattered by the appearance of his mobster brother Richard Saroyan (Jacques Aslanian). Richard and his other brother, Chico (Albert Remy), are

May 18, 1999

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The determined jollity of Georges Delerue's saloon piano score, which later opens up to encompass a wide world of romanticism, sets the tone for Francois Truffaut's audacious second feature, made in 1960.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Truffaut's form of self-reflection is ultimately a way of playing the audience.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Often overlooked, Truffaut's wonderful second film stars Charles Aznavour, master of the chanson, in his only collaboration with the director.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It is a teasing and frequently amusing (or moving) film that M. Truffaut has made, but it simply does not hang together.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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One of those rare movies that you're sorry to see end.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's my favorite Truffaut film, not because it's the best but because it's the most enjoyable.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A landmark film that took the world three decades to accept

February 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

An affectionate tribute to the low-budget crime movies that Truffaut so loved, and it's one of my favorite Truffaut films.

June 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Like Charlie only being able to let his real feelings out through that little crate piano, films like this remind us of our love for film and the possibilities within even the most bare and irreverent stories.

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The influence of American genre films, especially the gangster films, is never more pronounced than in this highly entertaining drama.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

a fascinating study of flawed humanity

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)

Applying all the techniques from the French New Wave, Truffaut's 'Shoot the Piano Player' combines unique wit and thrills that coerce into a solidly original work.
March 5, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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A second from François Truffaut, Shoot The Piano Player boldly shoots how the past haunts the present and shall continuously pester the future. Crime, drama, romance, and mystery right on target.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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A heavily noir influenced crime drama about the inability to escape your past. For only his second feature, this film feels bold and mature. While it is much more stylized than his debut, it still retains a lot of the heart that made the 400 Blows so good.
April 6, 2011
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Reid Volk

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at this point, this is probably my favorite of truffaut's films. a simple structure, but laid out without the gimmicks normally seen in films like this. well written and well shot, the film simply executes the story with no wasted time. excellent crime drama.
February 13, 2011
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