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February 20, 2008

Shoot the Piano Player

I've never seen any films from the French New Wave movement, and this film is a prime example of that style. It features these strange jump cuts, lots of voice overs, and asynchronous shots.

I have to admit, I kind of dug it. And finally, a film that didn't feel like it needed to be longer than it's story. Only 84 minutes long, and actually there was a plot and character jammed into that time. Of course, the film is very French, as in... not inspirational and fairly depressing. But it's also funny in places, and the dialogue is engaging.

You feel for the main character, a formerly famed concert pianist now pounding away on the keys at some bar in Paris.

And about those voice overs, they were used rather unconventionally, at least compared to most Hollywood voic eovers. Today, when you see them employed, it's normally as a narrator, as in, they are telling you, the audience, a story. Not these. these were just like hearing the main characters thoughts, no recognition of an audience at all. It was a device which I thought worked very well, made it kind of noveliistc in its ability to give you thoughts.

Tuck that away, maybe it needs a revival.

I liked it, it's worth watching.

2 out of 4 - You should like it.

Posted by jason on February 20, 2008 12:09 AM


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