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Shoot the Piano Player is the English title of Tirez sur le pianiste, a film released in 1960, directed by François Truffaut. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... François Truffaut François Roland Truffaut (February 6, 1932–October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ...

A washed-up classical pianist, Charlie (Charles Aznavour), bottoms out after his wife's suicide stroking the keys in a Parisian dive bar. The waitress, Lena (Marie Dubois), is falling in love with Charlie, who it turns out is not who he says he is. When his brothers get in trouble with gangsters, Charlie inadvertently gets dragged into the chaos and is forced to rejoin the family he once fled. Truffaut's highly stylized melodrama employs all of the hallmarks of French New Wave cinema: extended voice-overs, out-of-sequence camera shots, sudden jump-cutting and more. Portrait of Charles Aznavour. ... The New Wave (French: Nouvelle vague) of French cinema was a cinematic movement of the 1960s. ...

Truffaut's film is loosely based on the novel Shoot The Piano Player by David Goodis. The film shares the novel's bleak plot about a man hiding from his shattered life by doing the only thing he knows how to do, while remaining unable to escape the past. However, Truffaut's work resolves itself into a tribute to the American genre of literary and cinematic noir, with stylistic accents that are overly apparent and somewhat to its detriment. The pianist’s baby brother, Fido, was not present in the book -- his presence in the film adds a save-the-innocent-child element to what was an already complete study of the havoc that grown men and women wreak on themselves and those around them. Noir could refer to: Noir is the French language word for black. Film noir is a genre of movie. ...

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France has been influential in the development of film as a mass medium and as an art form. ... There are two lists of French language films: Organized alphabetically by French title Organized alphabetically by title of English release Alphabetical by French title 5x2 Ah! Si jétais riche (If I Were a Rich Man) Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) LAmour à vingt...

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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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