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Shoot The Pianist: Tirez Sur Le Pianiste [1960] [DVD]

Charles Aznavour , Marie Dubois , François Truffaut    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Serge Davri
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Writers: François Truffaut, David Goodis
  • Producers: Pierre Braunberger
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA46QW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Francois Truffaut portrays a film noir world of gangsters and intrigue, with Charles Aznavour as a famous concert pianist who leaves his former life behind to play in a sleazy Parisian bar. He gradually becomes involved the the criminal activities of the big-city underworld.

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Charlie is the piano player in a rundown jazz bar, he used to be Edouard Saroan a gifted classical pianist, but after suffering his wife's suicide gave up his rising fame. He's miserable, lonely and so self-absorbed that he can't see that Lena, the bars' waitress is in love with him. Whe Chico, Charlie's crooked brother, uses the bar as a refuge from two gangsters he's double-crossed. Charlie becomes embroiled in the mayham. Will the resulting events awaken Charlie's emotions again? A FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT FILM Based on the novel "DOWN THERE" by DAVID GOODIS Adaptation by FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT and MARCEL MOUSSY Music by GEORGRES DELERUE Cinematography by RAOUL COUTARD Editors CLAUDINE BOUCHE and CECILE DECUGIS Starring CHARLES AZNAVOUR, MARIE DUBOIS, NICOLE BERGER, MICHELE MERCIER, ALBERT REMY, DANIEL BOULANGER Special Features: INTRODUCTION BY SERGE TOUBIANA, AUDIO COMMENTARY BY CINEMATOGRAPHER RAOUL COUTARD, FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT TALKS ABOUT SHOOT THE PIANIST, ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor edition - do not buy 7 July 2013
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While the film in itself is truly great, arguably one of Truffaut's best, this edition is very poor.

The quality of the film is shameful. It must have been the worst copy of the film to survive and it was for some reason chosen to be transfered to DVD format. It is very bright in big parts of the the screen, and generally looks in great need of restoration.

If that was not enough, the translation to English is very poor. Early in the film, Charles Aznavour's character is sat at the piano talking to himself voiced over by the narrator, and there is a great unexpected moment where Aznavour out of nowhere responds to the narrator breaking the convention of narrator/actor. This great pun is completely missed by the translator.

If you can, buy another edition of this film. Personally, I'm staying away from any film in this series and would advice others to do the same.

I should mention that I'm refering to the "2 Entertain" version (orange-brown/black cover with red lettering).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Odd Little Truffaut Melodrama 11 Mar 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Shoot the Pianist," (1960), a black and white drama/thriller/romance/crime picture was only the second film made by the now near legendary French screenwriter/director, Francois Truffaut. (The Francois Truffaut Collection - 6 Disc Box Set (Exclusive to [DVD] [1959]). He made it, as it happens, after his initial masterwork,400 Blows (Les 400 Coups) [1959] [DVD]; so that it was looked at a little quizzically at the time of release: however, now that 50 years have passed, I think most film critics would say that, though it is not in the class of "400 Blows," it is still a notable, memorable achievement in French cinema: I've remembered it since I first saw it as a college girl, a good few years ago.

The film, another of Truffaut's odd little melodramas, was written and directed by Truffaut, based on the American David Goodis's novel "Down There,"Black Box Thrillers: Nightfall; Down There; Dark Passage; The Moon In The Gutter (Omnibus). Many critics have noted the apparent influence of the famed Anglo-American director Alfred Hitchcock's great film Vertigo [DVD] upon it. "Shoot" gives us early uses of improvisation, and voice-overs; and a lovely score by Georges Delerue. The well-known French singer/songwriter Charles Aznavour (
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