Genre Guesstimation – Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Keith of Keith & the Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite French New Wave Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Keith!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French New Wave Films…..

“My old man used to say: “when you hear someone at your door, think it might be an assassin, this way, if it’s a thief, you’ll be glad!”” – Momo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A washed up piano player’s life takes a tragic turn and he must find a way to deal with it all when his gangster brother gets into trouble.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, already is aware of the fact that I’m not a fan of foreign language films at all, but when Keith challenged me to watch some new films in this genre, I decided to try and see whether I’d be able to find some that I’d enjoy.

This is a film that I had heard about beforehand, yet knew almost nothing about the plot.

The characters aren’t developed well enough and that makes it much harder to sympathize or care about any of them, including the main character.

The story is paced really slowly and it’s really a chore to try and get through this despite its short run time.

Some of the characters surprise us along the way by some of their deceptions yet, that doesn’t help make us root for them anymore than previously.

The film attempts to try and blend together crime noir, romance and cynical comedy and it doesn’t gel well enough.

The film isn’t interesting enough to watch and that makes it less enjoyable to watch than one might hope.

Bottom Line – The story moves along at a really slow pace and that makes it a chore to try and get through. The deceptions that these characters perpetrate change the way that one looks at them even if they aren’t developed enough at all. The attempt to mix together noir and romance and cynical humor just doesn’t work well enough to help make things more enjoyable to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because no funding was available from any of the studios, François Truffaut and his crew shot the film on the fly on the streets of Paris, often making up the script as they went along. The ending was decided on the basis of who was available at the time of shooting. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The characters and story aren’t developed well enough and it’s hard to care about anything that happens.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur – Elevator to the Gallows (1958) – Encore Review – MovieRob | MovieRob

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