Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)
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Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player)
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 on the lam from gangsters they've double-crossed. Charlie helps Richard and Chico get away,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It is a teasing and frequently amusing (or moving) film that M. Truffaut has made, but it simply does not hang together."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A landmark film that took the world three decades to accept"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The influence of American genre films, especially the gangster films, is never more pronounced than in this highly entertaining drama."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Truffaut's form of self-reflection is ultimately a way of playing the audience."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"One of those rare movies that you're sorry to see end."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An affectionate tribute to the low-budget crime movies that Truffaut so loved, and it's one of my favorite Truffaut films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"a fascinating study of flawed humanity"
‑ Phil Freeman, culturevulture.net
"Often overlooked, Truffaut's wonderful second film stars Charles Aznavour, master of the chanson, in his only collaboration with the director."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"It's my favorite Truffaut film, not because it's the best but because it's the most enjoyable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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