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Shoot the Pianist (1960) Poster

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Because no funding was available from any of the studios, François 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.
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 (1959), another one of his films, to its founder, André Bazin.
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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.
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The film was released in France under the title, "Ne tirez pas sur le pianiste" ("Don't Shoot the Piano Player"), or the exact opposite of the title in the United States.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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