Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player ★★★★

“Shoot the Piano Player” is a melancholy piece of noir that whistles an upbeat tune while breaking your heart. 

Truffaut‘s experimentalism falls into occasional messiness as “Player” veers through improvised street scenes. But messiness from Truffaut is still better than the best efforts of most other directors.

The freeness of the film lets it burst away from the usual noir tropes of stagey scenes constrained in dark offices or alleys. There’s no lack of darkness, but it instead spills out into lively bar halls or fresh snow. A clash of sun and shadow, narrative and abstraction, commercialism and art.

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