Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) is a 1960 French gangster film directed by François Truffaut, based on the novel Down There by David Goodis.
The film focuses on Charlie Kohler, formerly a famous pianist named Edouard Saroyan (Charles Aznavour), 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 (Marie Dubois), a waitress who works at the same bar as him.
- Broken Ace: After his wife's suicide Charlie went from being a renowned pianist to working in a bar.
- Child Prodigy: His brothers state that Charlie was this.
- Driven to Suicide: Charlie's wife's suicide is the reason that Charlie changed his name and started working in a bar.
- Establishing Series Moment: The film demonstrates its use of Mood Whiplash 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.
- Genre Roulette: 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 interest in American movies.