I absolutely loved this novel. Filling the screen with inventive visuals and advancing an ad-hoc plotline with plenty of false digressions, Truffaut gives this tale the exhilarating feel of a spontaneous spoof. What a great way to start one's education in great movies. But it's also got a dark edge, and not in the black comedy sense. That this film has gotten so many positive reviews on this site can only be due to the fact that Francois Truffaut has become some sort of mythical//cult film hero lately & that the positive reviews of this film are based on his reputation & his legend, rather than on the actual quality of this film. At one time, he was a promising classic pianist, but then he fell from grace. It's this sense of humor and the fact that the movie doesn't take itself seriously that sets it apart from other gangster movies of the day. I read mixed reviews about this film - some interesting elements but it doesn't work completely as a whole. suffice to say, i have read it many times, and i will read it again and again and again, simply because it is one of the most visceral reading experiences i've ever had. October 3rd 1990 I guess you can tell I like this. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. This is an exceptional reading experience, one that will leave you thinking and reflecting long after the final page. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It hardly seemed fair to the book to try and read it when I liked the film so very much. Charles Aznavour stars as a one-time concert pianist who gained fame as Edouard Saroyan but has since changed his name to Charlie Kohler and plays honky-tonk in an out-of-the-way saloon. Unfortunately, I just can't seem to find the translation of his ideas into his own films. One of Truffaut's best! Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for Shoot the Piano Player, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Basically, it is a bleak and joyless genre; therefore it naturally follows, that I adore it. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Francois Truffaut’s loving homage to Hollywood gangster films is less a plot-filled film noir than a free-associative meditation on the genre. A man who is troubled and has many faults, but can forget about that once he gets behind a piano; or express something artistically. Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2014. one of the best Truffaut movies. At the same time, Eddie begins to tentatively woo a waitress at work. He grew up in a liberal, Jewish household in which his early literary ambitions were encouraged.