Shoot the Pianist
Tirez sur le pianiste
Truffaut’s highly influential blend of pastiche gangster movie and romantic reverie was a landmark New Wave movie.
Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Albert Rémy
France 1960. 80min
Based on David Goodis’ novel Down There, Truffaut’s second feature is a breezy New Wave concoction of genre pastiche, playful stylistic tricks and romantic reverie. Aznavour is charismatic as the nightclub pianist concealing a secret past who’s tempted to abandon his solitary ways when he falls for a colleague. Sadly, however, his brothers have angered local mobsters... A strain of melancholy pervades the constant narrative invention.
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