Shoot the Piano Player directed by Francois Truffaut, was a very interesting film that kept me on the edge of my seat while watching it. This film was funny and reflects the interest of the director, Truffaut, which were American gangster movies and relationships. This film also resembles one of Truffaut’s other films, Alphaville. These films are similar because of its satire of the ganster genre in the 1950s.
This film was successful for two reasons, which is his unique attention towards the subject matter and that the story reflects the life of Truffaut through his character Charlie. Truffaut focuses on the characters behind the scenes of the drama and not just giving all attention towards the drama alone and leaving out the characters. Also, the response of the characters towards each event that went on in this film and what is each characters motivations for the behavior illustrated towards the events that went on, plays a role in its success. It is easy to see that Truffaut is living a secret life through his character Charlie. Does this make this film an auto-biography? Truffaut shares similarities with Charlie of being a young entertainer who regrets his past, or tries to hide his past, and is also drawn to attractive woman but when its time to talk to an attractive woman, he can’t find the words. What is also quite interesting about the similarities between to two, Charles Aznavour who plays Charlie resembles Truffaut as a stature and well-mannered man.