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Shoot the piano player

Author: François TruffautCharles AznavourMarie DuboisNicole BergerRaoul CoutardAll authors
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Showtime Entertainment, [2005]
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 315.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : French : Special ed. double-disc setView all editions and formats
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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 virtuose who gave up playing after his wife's suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: François Truffaut; Charles Aznavour; Marie Dubois; Nicole Berger; Raoul Coutard; Georges Delerue; David Goodis; Showtime Entertainment.; MK2 Productions.; Films de la Pléiade (Firm); Janus Films.
ISBN: 078003063X 9780780030633
OCLC Number: 488793834
Language Note: French dialogue, with optional English subtitles.
Notes: Based on the novel "Down there" by David Goodis.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1960.
Special features include: audio commentary by film scholars Annette Insdorf and Peter Brunette ; video interviews with actors Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois ; video interview with Raoul Coutard, conducted in 2003 ; 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 ; an essay by film critic Kent Jones.
Credits: Cinematography, Raoul Coutard ; music, Georges Delerue, edited by Claudine Bouché and Cécile Decugis.
Cast: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 315.
Other Titles: Tirez sur le pianiste.
Responsibility: Janus Films ; Les Films de la Pléiade ; producer, Pierre Braunberger ; director, François Truffaut.

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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 virtuose 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.

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