Shoot the Piano Player [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1960]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard
  • Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Annette Insdorf
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Exclusive new video interviews with actors Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois and director of photography Raoul Coutard
  • Rare interview with François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman
  • Two documentary excerpts featuring Truffaut on the film and the source novel
  • The Music of Georges Delerue, an illustrated audio essay
  • Dubois' screen test
  • Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring film critic Kent Jones, an interview with Truffaut, and the director on Aznavour and Dubois

Synopsis

Shoot the Piano Player
Francois Truffaut's loving homage to Hollywood gangster films is less a plot-filled film noir than a free-associative meditation on the genre. Charles Aznavour stars as a one-time concert pianist who gained fame as Edouard Saroyan but has since changed his name to Charlie Kohler and plays honky-tonk in an out-of-the-way saloon. His self-imposed exile is shattered by the appearance of his mobster brother Richard Saroyan (Jacques Aslanian). Richard and his other brother, Chico (Albert Remy), are on the lam from gangsters they've double-crossed. Charlie helps Richard and Chico get away, but he now finds that his life, along with his younger brother Fido's (Richard Kanayan, has been put into jeopardy, having gotten mixed up with gangsters Momo (Claude Mansard) and Ernest (Daniel Boulanger) who are pursuing Richard and Chico. Momo and Ernest keep an eye on Charlie's apartment and, although they don't get Fido, they manage to kidnap Charlie and Lena (Marie Dubois), a co-worker with whom he has fallen in love. But when Ernest runs a red light and is pulled over, Charlie and Lena escape the gangsters' clutches. They take refuge in Lena's apartment, where Charlie sees a poster for a performance by Edouard Saroyan, causing Charlie to think back upon the circumstances that had led him to this moment in his life. Lena and Charlie make love, and Charlie returns to his apartment, only to discover Fido has been kidnapped. Lena and Charlie then head back to his club, where they plan to quit their jobs and try to find Fido. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charles Aznavour
    Charles Aznavour - Edouard Saroyan/Charlie Kohler
  • Nicole Berger
    Nicole Berger - Theresa
  • Marie Dubois
    Marie Dubois - Lena
  • Michele Mercier
    Michele Mercier - Clarisse
  • Albert Remy
    Albert Remy - Chico Saroyan
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