Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player ★★★½

This is the new wave at its peak, the film can start with a man being chased by two thugs and immediately switch to a conversation with a stranger about marriage and commitment. Or have the main characters be kidnapped only to have a new conversation about the complexities of love with their perpetrators and then walk home like nothing happened.

It’s a really dark story told with light “joie de vivre”-energy, so nothing really matters. And that’s probably the point of the film, an iconoclastic seal to smash the very conventions of cinema. This interesting mashup makes the ending totally dead to me, in fact the whole overarching plot I could not care less for, but the are some magic and poetic single scenes that I absolutely LOVE – when Charlie walks Lena home is a favorite.

Coronathon pt. 8

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