A taciturn piano player grapples with gangster brothers, a dead wife, a kidnapped brother, and a flirtatious waitress in Truffaut's second feature film. Equal parts parody of and tribute to the American gangster films, Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le Pianiste) is certainly dark, but a darkness shot through with sly humor, artsy camera work and plenty of visual gags.
Shoot the Piano Player wasn't the film which made Truffaut famous, but it is today considered by many to be his masterpiece and the epitome of the New Wave genre. See it at Guild Hall tonight at 7:30 as part of Janus Films' "(Re)Discovering World Cinema" series.
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