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: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Truffaut's form of self-reflection is ultimately a way of playing the audience.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Christopher Null

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is a teasing and frequently amusing (or moving) film that M. Truffaut has made, but it simply does not hang together.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

A landmark film that took the world three decades to accept

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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

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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