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Shoot the Piano Player

Tirez sur le pianiste


Dir. François Truffaut, 1960, 81 min

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

  • Year
    1960
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
    In French English subtitles
  • Country
    France
  • Director
    François Truffaut
  • Cast
    Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier