Saturday, March 04, 2006

Shoot The Piano Player

Truffaut's second film. I loved it. Paul Thomas Anderson lists this film as one of his influences and you can see it in the first scene - a great chase scene which he undoubtedly drew from for Punch Drunk Love. The story follows the timid and talanted piano player Charlie who has a mysterious background and a fear of becoming close to women. There's some great dialogue in this film and just an overall energy that makes the film a joy to watch. I felt the same way watching Truffaut's first film - 400 Blows. Both films seem infused with a great freedom and natural quality that pervades from the direction to the acting to the free roaming cinematography. Truffaut seems to be a director who is much more concerned with the overall feel and mood and energy of his films than a preciseness of edits and a slickness and precision of shots. That energy spills out of the screen and makes me excited about making movies.

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Blogger Bryan Summers said...

I've been meaning to see this for awhile. My favorite Truffaut movie is Small Changes. Wes Anderson made the cast and crew of Rushmore watch it before filming.

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Blogger Drew said...

I bought this movie about six months ago but I've yet to watch it. This is just the motivation I needed. Thanks.

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