Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut, France, 1960)
Saturday, August 2, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
I hesitate to use such a trite phrase but Truffaut’s second film was truly ahead of it’s time. It shifts in tone from high comedy to heart wrenching sorrow as it transforms from one genre to another. This left a lot of critics puzzled to the point of being angry upon it initial release. Many claimed that this was Truffaut’s sophomore slump; that he was reaching far beyond his grasp.
That's from my notes for Saturday night when I'm introducing Shoot the Piano Player at the BAM/PFA screening. It's the second night of their stellar David Goodis film series. For more info click here. And, if you can, c'mon out!