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Shoot the Pianist (1960)
"Tirez sur le pianiste" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 July 1962 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Léna
Nicole Berger ...
Thérèse Saroyan
Michèle Mercier ...
Clarisse
Serge Davri ...
Plyne
Claude Mansard ...
Momo
Richard Kanayan ...
Fido Saroyan (as Le jeune Richard Kanayan)
Albert Rémy ...
Chico Saroyan
Jean-Jacques Aslanian ...
Richard Saroyan
Daniel Boulanger ...
Ernest
Claude Heymann ...
Lars Schmeel
Alex Joffé ...
Passerby
Boby Lapointe ...
Le chanteur
Catherine Lutz ...
Mammy
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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... Written by Yepok

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Disparen sobre el pianista  »

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Trivia

As Charlie, Lena and the two kidnappers are driving down the road, a truck in front of them bears a large "Cahiers du Cinema" sign. Director François Truffaut wrote for "Cahiers" and dedicated The 400 blows, another one of his films, to its founder, Andre Bazin. See more »

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When Lena and Charlie walk home after work you can see the shadow of the camera on their coats. See more »

Quotes

Momo: My pop used to say, "If someone knocks, assume it's a murderer. If it's just a robber, you'll be happy."
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Referenced in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) See more »

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Written by Félix Leclerc
Performed by Félix Leclerc and Lucienne Vernay
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Maybe I Just Don't Get It.....But I'll Try Again
25 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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