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Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Tirez sur le pianiste (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 23 July 1962 (USA)
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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Fido Saroyan (as Le jeune Richard Kanayan)
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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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Francois Truffaut, Brilliant Director Who Gave You the Award Winning "The 400 Blows", Now Brings to the Screen a Fascinating New Work That Plays in Many Keys...All of Them Delightful! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Although this was a hit with the critics, it bombed at the box office. Enough to make François Truffaut forgo his improvisational techniques and return to regular scripted drama. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie Kohler: I'm fed up, do you hear, fed up! This is not life for an artist! Of course, I'm not a real great artist, but people must believe in me in order that I may become one. Good God, is it asking too much?
Thérèse Saroyan: If you think it doesn't try one's patience to live with you, you're mistaken! Ah, your conversation has really improved in a year! If people ask you what you think of Hemingway: "I hear he is a great collector of my recordings."
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.4 (1961) See more »

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Dialogue d'Amoureux
Written by Félix Leclerc
Performed by Félix Leclerc and Lucienne Vernay
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*** 1/2 out of ****
19 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truffaut's homage to the American gangster film stars Charles Aznavour as a smalltime piano player in a bar who has a secret past that he keeps hidden. The film almost falls into the trap of not being an homage to the gangster film, but rather being one itself. What saves it is the film's unique wit and charm - it's a blend of humor, romance, and gangster film. The gangsters themselves are quite funny, casually discussing everyday matters in a way that certainly had to influence Quentin Tarantino when he was writing Pulp Fiction. Some of the jokes are funny just because they are so silly (i.e., the gangster swearing his truth on his mother's grave). It's this sense of humor and the fact that the movie doesn't take itself seriously that sets it apart from other gangster movies of the day.


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