Tirez sur le pianiste

Tirez sur le pianiste

Shoot the piano player

DVD - 2005 | French
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Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. Lena, a waitress at the bar, is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is being chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. But Charlie's real name is Edouard Saroyan, who was once a virtuoso who gave up playing after his wife's suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena. Charlie ends up stumbling into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Showtime Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Special édition
ISBN: 9780780030633
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SHOOT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (Not rated)(approximately 92 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Shoot the piano player
Notes: Title from container
Based on the novel "Down there" by David Goodis
Originally released as a motion picture in 1960
Special features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard; audio commentary by film scholars Annette Insdorf and Peter Brunette; exclusive new video interviews with actors Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois; video interview with Coutard, conducted in 2003; rare interview with François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, from 1986; excerpts from a 1965 episode of the French television program "Cinéastes de notre temps" dedicated to Truffaut; an excerpt from the French television program "Étoiles et toiles" in which Truffaut discusses his adaptation of the David Goodis novel; "The music of Georges Delerue": an illustrated essay; Dubois' screen test; theatrical trailer; a new essay by film critic Kent Jones


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Aug 05, 2018

Personally speaking - I think that a much more appropriate, alternate title for this dreary, French, "new wave" production would have been "Shoot The Director".

Just like Godard and Cocteau - I think that Truffaut was yet another grossly over-rated, and, yes, talentless filmmaker from his generation.

IMO - This often highly-praised film had "amateur" written all over it.

Shoot the Piano Player's story was so dry, monotonous, and deadpan throughout that my overall reaction towards this picture never once rose above the level of sheer boredom during its 80-minute running time.

I understand that this film was Truffaut's way of paying homage to American gangster pictures.

Well - Let me tell ya - "Shoot The Piano Player" wasn't a homage to that genre at all. No. It was more like an insult, from my perspective.

Oct 30, 2015

A lot of fun, and a very influential film. An amazing breakthrough for its time (1960).

Aug 01, 2014

Turez sur le pianiste. Truffaut's second film, which followed by his iconic debut, "The 400 Blow," is maybe not his best or most popular film, but it may be his most fun. Taking a hardboiled American book by David Goodis as his source, Truffaut makes a film that is playful, self-aware, and both a homage to and irreverent take on the mystery/noir genre. This approach would be enormously influential on American filmmakers of the next few generations (basically Tarintino's entire career), but they rarely approached his mix of violence, comedy, and romance. The ending seems to be a deliberate reversal of his friend Godard's "Breathless." Jonathan Demme's "The Trouble with Charlie" heavily referenced this film. A must see for fans of the French New Wave.


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Oct 30, 2015

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