Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player

Facts and Figures

Run time: 30 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 10th March 1962

Reviews 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: François Truffaut

Starring: as Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan, as Léna, as Thérèse Saroyan, Michèle Mercier as Clarisse, Serge Davri as Plyne, Claude Mansard as Momo, Richard Kanayan as Fido Saroyan, Albert Rémy as Chico Saroyan

Shoot the Piano Player Review

Truffaut's meditation on the American gangster film is, like a lot of French homages to the American gangster film, an unfortunately poor imitation. This tepid story has a mild-mannered pianist suddenly drawn into a world of crime by his ne'er-do-well brother. Of course our pianist has a past of his own, plus there's a hot hooker to contend with. The story is random and a little babbling, not really imbued with and interesting insight into gangsters -- American or otherwise. It's morose and deptressing, as any good New Wave film usually is, but if there's a point -- or even any real emotion in this -- it is lost on me. Stick with Truffaut's better films.

Aka Tirez sur le pianiste .