in about 100 words or less
France 92m, B&W
Director: François Truffaut; Cast: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Albert Rémy
Shoot the Piano Player is a melodrama about a former classical pianist who now plays popular tunes in a local bar following a personal tragedy. As a consequence of a developing a romantic relationship with Lena, the bar’s waitress, it looks like Charlie’s fortunes are about to brighten, that is, until he inadvertently becomes entangled with the criminal activities of his brothers. Presented in a nonlinear fashion, this is an interesting self-reflexive film in which Truffaut cleverly employs voiceovers that permit his main character to comment on his own actions (Klaus Ming November 2015).