Cinema: New Wavelet

Shoot the Piano Player. Charles Aznavour is the male Edith Piaf of France. Like Piaf, he is slight, darkly sad-eyed, and sings and looks as if he were in mourning for his life. In this movie, Aznavour sings nary a note. He plays Charlie Koller, a shy honky-tonk piano tinkler in a demimonde bistro, who has a great deal to be mournful about.

In flashback, it develops that Charlie was a famed concert pianist whose wife (Nicole Berger) made his career by sleeping with his concert manager. When Charlie is unable to forgive her, she...

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