Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player ★★★★

I realized after watching Jules and Jim yesterday that there is a great big gap in my comprehension of French New Wave: Mr. Truffaut. I've seen all but the last of the Antoine Doinel films, but not much of his other works. So I decided to fill in the most glaring gap - his classic thriller Shoot the Piano Player.

I do not know if I would call this a thriller. Can "New Wave" be it's own genre of film? The film certainly has homages to American crime films (obviously Truffaut drew a lot from Hitchcock), but I wouldn't call it a thriller.

I suppose I don't have much to say. I love the French New Wave sensibilities - it's so open and playful. It strips film down to it's most simple device: to make the audience feel and respond to moving images.

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