Shoot the Piano Player

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In Brief: François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player (1960) is one of those celebrated films that I had somehow just never seen till this weekend. Oh, I’d seen clips and knew a little about it — and I’d suspected that the phony gangster-movie opening of Ken Russell’s 1966 TV film on composer Georges Delerue, Don’t Shoot the Composer, was based on the Truffaut film (which it was), but I’d just never seen it. The experience was a sheer delight of the “Why hadn’t I seen this before?” variety. The film is a kind of a film-noir homage, but it’s rarely very serious about it and refuses to stay in a given genre. It’s a preposterous noir with a kind of art film backstory in the middle of it. It’s a comedy and a romance — and it always pretends to take itself seriously in each capacity. What follows is a deliciously wild ride — and one of those rare movies that you’re sorry to see end. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Sept. 16, 2009.
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: François Truffaut
Starring: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Serge Davri
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Shoot the Piano Player on Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 Hwy 70, Swannanoa.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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