François Truffaut , France 1960, 81 min

Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered Charlie Koller (Charles Aznavour), a former concert pianist reduced to playing honky-tonk rags in a side street bar. When his past catches up with him in the form of his wayward brother Chico (Albert Rémy), Charlie stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair with admiring waitress Léna (Marie Dubois). Both a sly tribute to American film noir and a moving rethinking of its key tropes, Truffaut’s second feature is pure nouvelle vague.



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