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The film focuses on Charlie Kohler, formerly a famous pianist named Edouard Saroyan, who now makes his living playing piano in a bar. His normal routine is interrupted by the arrival of his brother, who is being chased by two gangsters. All the while Charlie is falling in love with Lena, a waitress who works at the same bar as him.

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The film focuses on Charlie Kohler, formerly a famous pianist named Edouard Saroyan, Saroyan (Music/CharlesAznavour), who now makes his living playing piano in a bar. His normal routine is interrupted by the arrival of his brother, who is being chased by two gangsters. All the while Charlie is falling in love with Lena, a waitress who works at the same bar as him.





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* {{Homage}}: After making ''The 400 Blows'', which he felt reflected his interest in European movies, Truffaut deliberately set out to make a film that reflected his interest in American movies.

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* {{Homage}}: After making ''The 400 Blows'', which he felt reflected his interest in European movies, Truffaut deliberately set out to make a film that reflected his interest in American movies.movies.

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* EstablishingSeriesMoment: The film demonstrates its use of MoodWhiplash by starting with a man running to escape people chasing him, accidentally running into a lamp post, and then starting a conversation about marriage with the man who helps him up.


* {{Homage}}: After making ''The 400 Blows'', which he felt reflected his interest in European movies, Truffaut deliberately set out to make a film that reflected his interested in American movies.

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* {{Homage}}: After making ''The 400 Blows'', which he felt reflected his interest in European movies, Truffaut deliberately set out to make a film that reflected his interested interest in American movies.

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* BrokenAce: After [[spoiler:his wife's suicide]] Charlie went from being a renowned pianist to working in a bar.

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''Shoot the Piano Player'' (Tirez sur le pianiste) is a 1960 French gangster film directed by Creator/FrancoisTruffaut, based on the novel ''Down There'' by David Goodis.

The film focuses on Charlie Kohler, formerly a famous pianist named Edouard Saroyan, who now makes his living playing piano in a bar. His normal routine is interrupted by the arrival of his brother, who is being chased by two gangsters. All the while Charlie is falling in love with Lena, a waitress who works at the same bar as him.

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* ChildProdigy: His brothers state that Charlie was this.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Charlie's wife's suicide is the reason that Charlie changed his name and started working in a bar.]]
* GenreRoulette: The film is famous for combining the genres of crime, romance, and comedy.
* {{Homage}}: After making ''The 400 Blows'', which he felt reflected his interest in European movies, Truffaut deliberately set out to make a film that reflected his interested in American movies.

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