- 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: December 6, 2005
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: Criterion
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Mono - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Annette Insdorf, Peter Brunette - Film Scholars
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Charles Aznavour & Marie Dubois - Stars
- Raoul Coutard - Cinematographer
- Suzanne Schiffman - Truffault collaborator
- French TV program, ETOILES ET TOILES
- 1965 episode of French TV program, CINEASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS
- Dubois' screen test
- THE MUSIC OF GEORGES DELERUE, illustrated essay
- New Essay by film critic Kent Jones
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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.
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.
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.
Essential Cinema |
New Wave (Film) |
Organized Crime |
Theatrical Release |
- The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus Collection. It is fully restored, with new translation and subtitles.