Film Review: Shoot the Piano Player

Monday, October 15, 2012

What do you get when you cross French New Wave with film noir? Shoot the Piano Player, a French film by Francois Truffaut. I picked this comedic thriller up from our DVD collection last weekend and was instantly taken with the cinematic style. If you've never ventured into foreign films before what are you waiting for? Rest assured this is the perfect introduction. 

First off, this film has gangsters. What more do you need? Apparently, halfway through the filming, Mr Truffaut decided he didn't really care for gangsters, being that they are dirty thugs and all, and decided to amp up his comedic style to compensate for the shady characters (one with a cap and the other with a hat). Although the editing is disjointed at times the voice-overs are pure gold. I was particularly drawn to the plot, which includes: a criminal eluding the law, a gifted pianist with a pseudonym and hidden past, a bizarre bar ballad, a waitress and her love interest, and trench coats. The film presents an engaging story line which combines to make this movie an unexpected classic,* even if you've never heard of it.

*According to IMDB this film was a hit with the critics, but boomed at the box office. Go figure. I suppose that's the subjectivity of art. 


  1. Sometimes I still forget that we don't live in the same state anymore and I just can't pop over for a movie night. Especially movie nights that potentially could involve crepes and fancy French cheese. Double sad trombone. (p.s. why haven't we talked about Truffaut before?)

  2. How did I not know that you liked this movie? Awesome.
    What other selections can you recommend?


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