Shoot the Piano Player ( Tirez sur le pianiste ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2523

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 28

Theatrical Release Date: 10/21/1960

Language: French

Genre: Drama, Thriller

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: François Truffaut

Actors: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Serge Davri, Claude Mansard

Plot: A nightclub pianist is drawn into the sights of gangsters when he helps out a friend and small time hood, leading to tragic consequences.

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/14/2011

A gangster film that rises above the genre by focusing on interesting characters, smart dialogue, and some fascinating cinematographic choices. The film adopts a slightly satiric tone that makes it an interesting crossbreed of comedy and gangster genres. Obvious Tarantino influencer.

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Slightly self-indulgent and whimsical

sidehacker - wrote on 09/18/2007

Cute, in some ways but that's a good thing especially considering how good Truffaut is at said type of films. This is easily his most technically impressive film. I really don't remember seeing this many jump-cuts in any of his other films. The camera is also a bit more "in your face" or in this case in their faces. There's a lot of really cool shots too, specifically towards the end. In general, I just don't like gangster films and the slight satirical point of view the film has on the violence certainly doesn't support it. I'm not going to say it gets to the point of a Tarantino films but it does often border on being the same sort of annoying smalltalk 'n guns that that dude is so good (or bad) at churning out. You could argue that this film actually creates an opportunity for an …

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