Francois Truffaut's gangster film from 1960 - Shoot the Piano Player (or in French - Tirez Sur le Pianiste) is terrific! Starring Charles Aznavour as local pub pianist Charlie Kohler and Marie Dubois as his love interest, Lena. Years ago, Charlie used to be reknowned concert pianist Edouard Saroyan, till he had a falling out with his wife, who fell out a window. Edouard dropped out and became Charlie Kohler, pub pianist. The fact that Charlie's brothers are gangsters complicates life a bit, lots of great dialogue too. PLUS, Boby Lapointe is featured in a cool singing waiter cameo and does a live rendition of catchy tune called Framboise.
Shoot The Piano Player
Directed by - Fran?ois Truffaut
(1960) - B&W - 85 min
Truffaut's work as a film director has inspired many future directors, especially Quentin Tarantino, who credits Truffaut as a major inspiration. You might also remember seeing Truffaut as an actor - but didn't know it. He played the French scientist Claude Lacombe in Steven Speilberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And Boby Lapointe certainly seems like he had a blast working on this film. To learn more about wild man musical genius Boby Lapointe - Check out the blog. Warning: This film contains brief nudity.
Intro, B&W, title screens, credits, etc. Director Francois Truffaut starts things quick after the credits - as a gangster named Chico Saroyan narrowly escapes two guys trying to run him over with a car. He slips into a nearby pub, where his brother a guy named Charlie Kohler is playing piano. Later on, Boby Lapointe as a singing waiter nails Framboise. The thugs come back, Charlie helps Chico escape and then has a fling with a bubbly girl.
Marie Dubois as Lena and Charles Aznavour as the pianist, Charlie Kohler.
Pre Charlie Kohler, his name was Edouard Saroyan
More action in store - plus a flashback, many years ago when Charlie was a guy named Edouard Saroyan, internationally acclaimed concert pianist. Lots of really cool filmic shots.
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The movie begins to take on a weird feel, as you feel sorry for the guy - but still can't believe what a deeper mess he is getting into. The chase continues to track down Chico, or any of the Saroyan's brothers, kids or friends... these guys want their money back!
Shoot The Piano Player
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Charlie and his gangster brother Chico Saroyan
The conclusion... a shoot out at the Saroyan farm house. Don't miss it.
Charlie and his wife