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2 - 15 June 2024: Shoot the Pianist


Shoot the Pianist
François Truffaut, 1960, 81 min

François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Pianist relates 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.” – Janus Films

Part of our Histoire(s) du cinéma series