Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Saturday 10th March 1962
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Director: François Truffaut
Starring: Charles Aznavour as Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan, Marie Dubois as Léna, Nicole Berger 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
By Christopher Null on Tuesday 1st November 2005
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 .