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

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Made with enthusiasm and audacity, it still seems fresh.

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Variety Staff

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

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A superb combination of genre movie and Truffaut's special brand of perfectly observed, humanist detail.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Often overlooked, Truffaut's wonderful second film stars Charles Aznavour, master of the chanson, in his only collaboration with the director.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Universally considered a masterpiece of the film noir genre.

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The film allowed Truffaut to express his love of American hardboiled fiction and classic Hollywood cinema in all its romantic glory.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of those rare movies that you're sorry to see end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
Applying all the techniques from the French New Wave, Truffaut's 'Shoot the Piano Player' combines unique wit and thrills that coerce into a… More
danny d
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.… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
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,… More
Ken Stachnik
My favorite Truffaut hands down. The camera and storytelling here are so playful, it's easy to see Truffaut's love of the Noir genre. The loose hand… More
Reid Volk
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
Alice Shen
This film is too French New Wavy to be American film noir. The pacing is off and the gangster story is like a MacGuffin - only there to provide a frame for… More