Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)
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Lena's line about birthday kisses might be the most romantic thing I've ever heard. Or maybe I just wish someone would say it to me.
Bob Dylan's favorite movie if I remember correctly...
There's a lot of experimentation in Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player, not least of which is a certain denial of genre, throwing noir, melodrama, romance, and strange comedy beats all into the same pot, but never really accepting the tropes that come with them. And that's quite beyond the elements of style, like the porthole mattes, cutaways to punchlines, and such. In the final analysis, the most subversive thing about the film is its dismantling of the movie alpha male. Aznavour's character may get in bed with at least three French beauties, but they have to make the first move. He's shy, is said to "respect women", and when he finds success, he's wracked by insecurity. His weakness - whether taken as a negative or a positive (because in crime pictures, which this makes a claim to be, caring about others is weakness, being glib is strength) - is what drives the tragedies. So shy, yes, but also in self-imposed isolation, believing he deserves neither love nor success. Which is all quite anathema to the macho hero of movies of the era (and for a long time yet).
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This movie ranks #339 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #356 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #361 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #412 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #474 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #504 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #594 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #600 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #784 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #904 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die