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

 -  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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Marie Dubois ...
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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Trivia

Although this was a hit with the critics, it bombed at the box office. Enough to make 'Francois Truffaut' forego 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: When my love turns to hate, I'll wear a cap as I go.
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Referenced in Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963) See more »

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Dialogue d'Amoureux
Written by Félix Leclerc
Performed by Félix Leclerc and Lucienne Vernay
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A charming, inventive film-noir-homage.
3 May 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

With singer/actor Charles Aznavour in the lead (his expressive face is priceless), "Shoot the Piano Player" is one of Truffaut's most charming and inventive works. Aznavour plays Charlie/Edouard -- a former concert pianist who becomes an anonymous piano player in a dive bar in order to escape his past. After his brother (Remy, who Truffaut also used wonderfully in "The 400 Blows") gets in trouble with some borderline inept gangsters, chaos ensues.

Truffaut's winsome camera and editing techniques blend perfectly with Aznavour's performance. A must for fans of the French New Wave.


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