Shoot the Piano Player (Double-DVD)

Starring: Charles Aznavour Director: François Truffaut
Rating 4.5
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DVD Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Film Scholars Peter Brunette and Annette Insdorf
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Exclusive Interviews with Actors Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois and Director of Photography Raoul Coutard
  • Rare Interview with Truffaut Collaborator Suzanne Schiffman
  • 28-Page Booklet with an Interview with Truffaut
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Label: Criterion
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Annette Insdorf, Peter Brunette - Film Scholars
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Interviews:
      1. Charles Aznavour & Marie Dubois - Stars
      2. Raoul Coutard - Cinematographer
      3. Suzanne Schiffman - Truffault collaborator
    • Bonus Footage:
      1. French TV program, ETOILES ET TOILES
      2. 1965 episode of French TV program, CINEASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS
      3. Dubois' screen test
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essays:
      1. THE MUSIC OF GEORGES DELERUE, illustrated essay
      2. New Essay by film critic Kent Jones

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/09/2005
"Sophomore outings by major directors don't get much riskier or more playful than this....He'd never again get so experimental..." -- Grade: A-
Premiere - 03/01/2006
"Truffaut suffuses the film with humor. Aznavour, in a career-defining role, is wonderful..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Francois Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague.

Product Description:

A former concert pianist, now the piano player in a seedy Parisian bar, is surrouned by gansters and hoodlums. He is befriended by a woman who tries in vain to restore him to his former glory, but his own timidity and inability to act lead to tragic consequences for both.

Plot Synopsis:

Francois Truffaut's second feature is a tender, playful but ultimately tragic story of a man who has never recovered from a past betrayal.
Charlie, once a renowned concert pianist, now plays background music in a run-down bar. A sympathetic waitress there loves him, but Charlie can neither forgive nor forget his former wife's infidelity. His simple life takes a turn for the violent, however, when his brother comes into the bar one day with two gangsters in tow -- gangsters bent on getting even with Charlie for a past offense.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Crime | Essential Cinema | New Wave (Film) | Organized Crime | Psychodrama | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus Collection. It is fully restored, with new translation and subtitles.

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