Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1962)
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as Charlie Kohler
as Chico Saroyan
as Fido Saroyan
as Lars Schmeel
Critic Reviews for Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste)
Often overlooked, Truffaut's wonderful second film stars Charles Aznavour, master of the chanson, in his only collaboration with the director.
A distinctively postwar Parisian creation, coldblooded and sentimental and wounded and whimsical, all at the same time.
Truffaut leaves too much that is not clear as he concentrates on individual scenes.
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.
Audience Reviews for Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste)
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.
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.
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.
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