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Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1960, 81 min.). New Wave directors turned American pulp novels into cinematic brilliance, and Shoot the Piano Player is perhaps the greatest example. The mixing of styles, genres, and emotional tones gives the film the feeling of watching a jazz score come to life. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Truffaut captures the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair.