Dir. François Truffaut, 1960, 81 min. 35 mm
With Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier
In French with English subtitles
François Truffaut’s most playful film—part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy—Shoot the Piano Player follows the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague.
“Universally considered a masterpiece of the film noir genre.” — The Observer