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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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(1963)

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Because no funding was available from any of the studios, 'Francois Truffaut' and his crew shot the film on the fly on the streets of Paris, often making up the script as they went along. The ending was decided on the basis of who was available at the time of shooting. 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 »

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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 The Point Men (2001) 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 mix of comedy and tragedy
2 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

It doesn't feel like a typical Truffaut film - though I've only seen two others from his filmography - in that it's as stylish and self-reflexive as a Godard film. I had got the sense that Truffaut was more 'conventional' in his films, and this one certainly went against it. Not that I'm complaining, though - it's probably the funniest New Wave flick that I've seen. There are loads of little comic moments that reminded me of the modern British comedies - stuff like Snatch and Shaun of the Dead - that I love. But it's also got a dark edge, and not in the black comedy sense. It's pretty depressing, and that's where it fits in line with Truffaut's other films. It's not the relatively light-hearted depression of Godard's films, it's full-fledged tragedy. However, the combination of drama and comedy doesn't always mesh well, as it rarely does for me, and the characters seem too short-changed to justify such an ending. Still, it's very witty and fairly entertaining.


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