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

Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: David Goodis, François Truffaut
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On DVD: May 18, 1999
Criterion Collection


as Edouard Saroyan/Char...

as Clarisse

as Chico Saroyan

as Lars Schmeel

as Passerby

as Fido Saroyan

as Concierge

as Richard Saroyan
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Critic Reviews for Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

Made with enthusiasm and audacity, it still seems fresh.

Full Review… | September 23, 2015
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A distinctively postwar Parisian creation, coldblooded and sentimental and wounded and whimsical, all at the same time.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Truffaut leaves too much that is not clear as he concentrates on individual scenes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Universally considered a masterpiece of the film noir genre.

Full Review… | October 23, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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