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Genres: Crime , Drama , Music
Actors: Charles Aznavour , Marie Dubois , Nicole Berger , Michèle Mercier , Serge Davri , Claude Mansard , Richard Kanayan , Albert Rémy , Jean-Jacques Aslanian , Daniel Boulanger , Claude Heymann , Alex Joffé , Boby Lapointe , Catherine Lutz
Director: François Truffaut
Country: France
Year: 1960
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 (8454 votes)

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie’s brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. We will discover that Charlie’s real name is Edouard Saroyan, once a virtuose who gives up after his wife’s suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena…

Film Review

Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player is of the same experimental vein as Godard's Breathless but lacks just a little of the latter film's vitality and energy.A slightly darker work, it provides perhaps more insight into humanity with its well-executed studies of its lead characters' motivations.Nevertheless, the film is also a prime example of auteur theory and showcases many nouvelle vague techniques, such as jump cuts, on-location shooting, fluid camera work and moments on incongruous, typically French, humour. All of this serves to further undermine the traditional domination of stage-bound realist films that had dominated French cinema throughout the 1950s.Charles Aznavour performs well in the lead role of the pianist with the broken spirit. As another reviewer points out, the film begins with a close-up of the inner workings of his piano reflecting the fact that the film will attempt to show the inner-workings of his heart. Indeed, it is this that is the pre-occu…

"Charlie" loves play his pianola in the bar where he works. Is a little place where people at night go to dance. One night, his brother enter in the little place with a lived eye. Charlie begins to think… Does my family belong to criminals? Then he falls in love.Truffaut, after the successful work of "Les Quatre cents Coups", offers a great homage to the police cinema of Hollywood, and, in certain way, with "Tirez sur le Pianiste", he made more than a homage. His work reached the artistic perfection that makes a true police movie. With "Tirez sur le pianiste" ("Shoot the Pinao Player" in English and "Disparale al Pianista" in Spanish), Truffaut not only achieves this perfection of genre, also its achieve an extraordinary quality of images (Beautifully represented in Black and White), with and outstanding cast who has Charles Aznavour (We can see why Truffaut was so impressed with the performance of him. Is wonderful in his …

This is a movie I hope gets better with multiple viewings because I was disappointed on the first look. I bought it sight-unseen because I am a film noir fan and I read several reviews absolutely raving about this film. So, I expected a lot.This was too much of a talky, off-beat noir with stupid dialog in too many parts. The French certainly have a different way of viewing things than I do. This more of a melodrama than a crime story, although a crime does take place. When it occurs, it's a short but shocking scene.Charles Aznavour has an interesting face and the women in here are pretty but the cops and other characters in general are just too dopey for me. Why film noir "experts" all like this movie is beyond me. Maybe I just "don't get it." Well…..I do like the title, at least.

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