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July 29, 1990|Michael Wilmington

Shoot the Piano Player and Forbidden Games

Two great French films from different eras. "Piano Player" is Francois Truffaut's effervescent 1962 adaptation of a David Goodis American crime thriller, with Charles Aznavour (above with Nicole Berger) as the concert pianist turned lower-depths fugitive, has an early-'60s spirit: experimental, hip, alive to pain and humor. "Games," Rene Clement's 1952 Venice Grand Prize winner starring the luminous young Brigitte Fossey, is a classically made, devastating portrayal of childhood in wartime. (KCET Saturday at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m.)

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