“Every film must contain some degree of ‘planned violence’ upon its audience.”
François Truffaut, “We Must Continue Making Progress,” trans. Paul Ronder, in Film: A Montage of Theories, ed. Richard Dyer MacCann (New York: Dutton, 1966), 371.
For instance, Shoot the Piano Player shifts so abruptly from gangsters to Chaplinesque comedy to romantic melodrama.