Sophomore outings by major directors don’t get much riskier or more playful than this. In François Truffaut’s comedy-crime drama Shoot the Piano Player, an aloof honky-tonk bar pianist named Charlie (Charles Aznavour) reluctantly gets enmeshed in gangster business. Around him reels a truly freewheeling dark little movie, one that veers between throwaway gags and dour and sometimes violent tragedy. It feels très modern, but audiences at the time considered it a disappointment after his smash debut, The 400 Blows. Shoot is not as warm as Truffaut’s other best work — he’d never again get so experimental — but it’s still a classic. EXTRAS A grade-A commentary track by film profs (who theorize that Shoot is about ”what a young man who’s just had tremendous international success might be feeling, in terms of fear of that success”); a mini-doc on composer Georges Delerue; and new interviews with the cast, including leading lady Marie Dubois, who reveals that Truffaut refused to reshoot a scene where you could see the camera casting a shadow on the actors because — God bless him — the acting in the botched take was just as he wanted it.
Shoot the Piano Player Sophomore outings by major directors don't get much riskier or more playful than this. In François Truffaut's comedy-crime drama Shoot...Shoot the Piano PlayerDrama, Foreign LanguageFrancois TruffautUnrated Sophomore outings by major directors don't get much riskier or more playful than this. In François Truffaut's comedy-crime drama Shoot...2005-12-06
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois; Director: Francois Truffaut; Author: Francois Truffaut; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted December 6 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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