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  Film Classics: Shoot The Piano Player   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In "Shoot the Piano Player," Truffault is pyrotechnical throughout infusing each scene with startling poignancy, or unexpected intensity, or outrageous humor, or simply superb acting.
The piano player in the film is played by Charles Aznavour, the famous French singer, whose stoic stare is resolutely pained.
"Shoot the Piano Player" is appropriately dark and atmospheric and the lead, a former concert pianist, performs demurely with a jaunty house band in a neighborhood Parisian cafe until his gangster brother gets him in trouble.
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 Cult Movies: Shoot the Piano Player -
The ореning of Shoot the Piano Player, François Truffaut's second fеаturе film, is one of the signal moments оf the French New Wave--an insрirеd intersection of grim fatality and hарру accident, location shooting and lurid mеlоdrаmа, movie convention and frowzy, uncontainable life.
The massive number оf keystrokes on the piano ultimаtеlу delivers the upbeat melody from the inside, whiсh serves like a reminder to the audience about the complexity of a melody that rests in a large number of bаsiс sounds.
The gangster element is рrеvаlеnt in Shoot the Piano Player, but it is far from the only imроrtаnt aspect in the film.
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 DVD Verdict Review - Shoot The Piano Player: Criterion Collection
Part of the reason Shoot the Piano Player doesn't feel like a piecemeal movie is that the landscape of Charlie's emotional and romantic life is presented in an aggressively nonlinear and narratively elliptical manner.
The supplements on the second disc are comprised primarily of interviews with Truffaut and various of his Shoot the Piano Player collaborators, both in front of and behind the camera.
Shoot the Piano Player's score, by the way, was Truffaut's favorite of all of his movies.
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 New York's Premier Alternative Newspaper. Arts, Music, Food, Movies and Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Piano Player’s sparkling dvd transfer should have been recognized as an occasion—an opportunity to reconnect with the verities, ammunition to reject Cronenberg’s ethical insanity and dreary aesthetics.
That’s why Piano Player’s narrative is so rounded, credible and resplendent (the snowy climax is right out of Ray); Truffaut explored Charlie’s engagement with contemporary life while reinforcing the emotional core.
Piano Player shames today’s cultural gatekeepers; it exposes that perhaps they’ve been lured away from life with the recent release of too many dank keyboard dramas—The Piano, The Piano Teacher, The Pianist.
www.nypress.com /19/5/film/DVD2.cfm   (594 words)

 Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Charles Aznavour is perfect as Charlie Kohler, the piano player at a run down Paris cafe.
She knows the secret of his past and that Charlie is not just another two-bit piano player.
"Shoot the Piano Player" is an excellent movie made by one of the greatest film directors of all time.
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 Amazon.com: Shoot the Piano Player: DVD: Charles Aznavour,Marie Dubois,Nicole Berger,Michèle Mercier,Serge ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
"Shoot the Piano Player" known in France as "Tirez sur le pianiste" is one of Fran?ois Truffaut's earlies works and is quite popular.
The massive number of keystrokes on the piano ultimately delivers the upbeat melody from the inside, which serves like a reminder to the audience about the complexity of a melody that rests in a large number of basic sounds.
The gangster element is prevalent in Shoot the Piano Player, but it is far from the only important aspect in the film.
www.amazon.com /Shoot-Piano-Player-Charles-Aznavour/dp/1572524820   (2884 words)

 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: Shoot the Piano Player: The Criterion Collection
Shoot the Piano Player ("Tirez sur le Pianiste," 1960) is, in one of the great traditions of films by young directors, alive and trembling with the possibilities of cinema.
Charlie is the cerebral male who, like his modern antecedent Joel Barrish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, finds it hard to escape his thoughts long enough to do the right thing in a relationship.
For this, Shoot the Piano Player is a dense but brisk 81 minutes that cackles with the delight of both honoring and perverting a genre picture.
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 Shoot the Piano Player DVD Review at The Z Review UK DVD reviews
Each moment in Shoot the Piano Player is filled with apprehension that seems to flow from the lead character.
Shoot the Piano Player is a strange film, mostly because it is so difficult to classify.
It is the story of a famous piano player who suffered a tragedy and runs from the spotlight.
www.thezreview.co.uk /dvdreviews/s/shootthepianoplayer.htm   (839 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Tirez Sur Le Pianiste (aka Shoot The Piano Player) (aka Shoot The Piano Player) (Subtitled) (DVD) [1960]: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The opening of Shoot the Piano Player, François Truffaut's second feature film, is one of the signal moments of the French New Wave--an inspired intersection of grim fatality and happy accident, location shooting and lurid melodrama, movie convention and frowzy, uncontainable life.
Decades after its original release, Shoot the Piano Player remains as fresh, exhilarating, and heartbreaking--as open to the magic of movies and life--as ever.
Paying homage to the classic RKO and Warner Bros gangster films of the 30s, 'Shoot the Pianist' became perhaps one of the defining achievements of a genre that is both hard hitting and beautiful.
www.amazon.co.uk /Tirez-Pianiste-Shoot-Player-Subtitled/dp/B0000SVW90   (702 words)

 DVD Savant Review: Shoot the Piano Player
With Shoot the Piano Player Truffaut practically outdoes them, at least in terms of fidelity to their pulp fiction roots.
Charlie Kohler (Charles Aznavour) plays a piano in a cheap cafe, but he was once Edouard Saroyan, a promising classical pianist married to a beautiful wife, Thérèse (Nicole Berger).
Charlie's crook brother Chico (Albert Rémy) is on the run from former associates disputing the proceeds from a robbery, and the crooks eventually try to use Charlie and his new girlfriend Léna (Marie Dubois) as leverage.
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 Go Ahead. Shoot The Piano Player(s)
A combination of factors such as the band's direction toward urban swing music, the limited pool of musicians in the area and the need to quickly fill the position led us to consider a piano player to whom we'd recently been introduced.
Rick was a competent player, about on par with the rest of the band.
Rick was one of several piano players playing with Big Nick, so we were sharing the stage under different circumstances.
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 Shoot The Piano Player Movie, Review, Cast for Shoot The Piano Player | TVGuide.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
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 Shoot the Piano Player, a CurtainUp review
While Lance Williams succeeds in capturing the piano player's resolutely pained stoic stare, he fails to convey the world-weariness, the been-there-done-that toughness needed for Eddie to make a deep and lasting impression.
Generally speaking though, the staging is excellent, from the ticking metronome to the ladder edged with light during Eddie's career rise, to the south Jersey house with its bedraggled rug and the stuffing popping out of the couch.
Speaking of pianos -- David Sherman the composer (the bits of Chopin, Bach and Mozart excepted) who is at that piano throughout the play's somewhat overlong two hours deserves a special ovation.
www.curtainup.com /shootpianoplayer.html   (1055 words)

 notcoming.com | Shoot the Piano Player
Shoot The Piano Player must, to some, have felt like a retrenchment.
Almost every element of the story is admittedly familiar—Charles Aznavour’s down-at-heel piano player becomes embroiled in his family’s criminal exploits, meets a beautiful girl and falls in love, recounts his rags to riches story and eventually loses everything, finding himself right back where he started.
His faltering approaches to Lena, his first return to the piano, his fond reminiscences of his brothers’ outrageous behaviour—all of this serves to paint a vivid picture, filled with contradictions.
www.notcoming.com /reviews.php?id=593   (915 words)

 Shoot The Piano Player | The A.V. Club
Over the course of 81 of the briskest minutes in cinema, François Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player contains flashbacks, jump-cuts, weird superimpositions, tender love scenes, broad slapstick, a snowbound shootout with feckless gangsters, a sing-along in a Parisian piano bar, and countless nods to American noirs and genre films.
Truffaut himself claimed that his exhilarating second feature could be heard as a love story and viewed as a gangster noir, though it's a thrill to...
In Shoot the Piano Player there is that deconstructionist subtext (i.e.
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 Tirez sur le pianiste / Shoot the piano player / 1960 / film review / Francois Truffaut
Charlie Kohler, formerly a great concert pianist, now works as a piano player in a popular town bar.
With one successful film (Les quatre cents coups) under his belt, director François Truffaut was free to indulge himself in two of his personal passions, American gangster movies and male-female relationships.
Now better known as a singer, Aznavour has also had a successful acting career and here, in Truffaut's film, he is perfectly cast as the melancholic piano player.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Tirez_sur_le_pianiste_rev.html   (769 words)

 The Criterion Collection: Shoot the Piano Player
Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player 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.
Shoot the Piano Player is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1..
www.criterionco.com /asp/release.asp?id=315   (313 words)

 Vintage Crime/ Black Lizard | Shoot the Piano Player by David Goodis
Once upon a time Eddie played conert piano to reverent audiences at Carnegie Hall.
Shoot the Piano Player is a bittersweet and nerve-racking exploration of different kinds of loyalty: the kind a man owes his family, no matter how bad that family is; the kind a man owes a woman; and, ultimately, the loyalty he owes himself.
The result is a moody thriller that, like the best hard-boiled fiction, carries a moral depth charge.
www.randomhouse.com /vintage/blacklizard/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=0679732543   (108 words)

 ABC News: French crooner Charles Aznavour taps Cuban rhythms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Aznavour teamed up with Latin jazz piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes to record 11 songs, Aznavour said on Tuesday before heading home after eight days in a Havana studio.
Born in Paris of Armenian immigrants, the raspy-voiced Aznavour was discovered by Edith Piaf in the 1940s.
His breakthrough in America was not on the stage but on the screen in Francois Truffaut's 1960 film, "Shoot the piano Player."
abcnews.go.com /Entertainment/wireStory?id=2579083   (328 words)

 This Week's Hot Video: 'Shoot the Piano Player'
New Wave director Francois Truffaut's second film is a fast-paced noirish thiller with comic touches that reflects French intellectuals' fascination with hard-boiled American crime fiction.
In the fl-and-white, widescreen movie from 1960, the thugs are inept but deadly and the hero is an introverted, seemingly emotionless piano player in a sleazy Paris nightspot.
Charles Aznavour is great as the pianist, a former concert star who abandoned his career after his wife's death and, along with the waitress he loves (Marie Dubois), becomes the target of gangsters double-crossed out of their loot by his crazy brothers.
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 Home Theater & Sound -- Shoot the Piano Player - ****
In the scene where the gangsters have young Fido Saroyan captive in their car, they joke and clown like vaudeville comics, yet we know that their vehicle is speeding to the place where they can kill the piano player Charlie Koller and that if necessary they would kill Fido too.
Charlie is a complex character who was once a budding concert pianist of great promise and renown.
After his wife commits suicide, Edouard loses heart and withdraws from the scene, emerging later as Charlie Koller, a piano player in a bar.
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After The 400 Blows, François Truffaut turned to an American pulp novel, Down There by David Goodis, and made it his own -- he transposed the story from New York to Paris and retitled the resulting effort Shoot the Piano Player.
Much like Godard's pulp adaptation, Band of Oursiders, we get a hybrid of sorts -- too violent to be a light comedy, not a film noir, and yet not menacing and dangerous enough to be a gangster picture, either.
www.laemmle.com /series/french03/shoot.html   (102 words)

 NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source
CRITICAL MASS : Don’t shoot her, she’s only the piano player
Amos’ $ 75 five-CD boxed set A Piano: The Collection arrived from Rhino the other day, and it’s a handsome thing that oneups the grand-piano-shaped packaging that contains the Jelly Roll Morton set released a year ago by gluing a life-size but unfortunately unplayable octave of plastic piano keys to the top of the box.
The Piano is received as more reminder than revelation.
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 Shoot the Piano Player
Like Charlie only being able to let his real feelings out through that little crate piano, films like this remind us of our love for film and the possibilities within even the most bare and irreverent stories.
It is a teasing and frequently amusing (or moving) film that M. Truffaut has made, but it simply does not hang together.
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 "Don't Shoot the Piano Player!"
Nowadays, the Giuoco Piano is often considered as a most boring opening, good only for those beginners who aren't ready to face the Ruy Lopez's complications yet(!).
This game collection is meant to prove that these prejudices are false: the Giuoco Piano and its variations (the two knights and the "giuoco pianissimo") can lead to an exciting game more often than you may think.
...and he was playing blindfolded vs 55 other players !
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 Shoot the Piano Player   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In these static, repetitive and utterly compelling scenes, Tom at last has stillness forced on him, though sometimes to his comic frustration--especially in the lessons he takes with a conservatory student (Linh-Dan Pham) who speaks no French.
You will notice that she is the second woman to coach Tom on the piano, and he can no more converse with her than with his dead mother.
Already this year we have seen one French remake of an independent 1970s American thriller: an inappropriately artsy and star-laden Assault on Precinct 13.
www.thenation.com /doc/20050718/klawans   (959 words)

 MRC FilmFinder-Full Record: Shoot the Piano Player
A piano player becomes involved with criminals over concern for his brothers.
A bittersweet melodrama about love, honor and a man's on intense integrity.
New Search More info on Shoot the Piano Player at The Internet Movie Database
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