Shoot the Piano Player

Tirez sur le pianiste
by François Truffaut 1h25min France 1960
Watch the film Offer the film Watch the trailer
Add to my playlist
Add to my playlist
You must sign in to add this film to your playlist.
Also recommended by Joon-Ho Bong, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Archival content

Film details

Shoot the Piano Player
by François Truffaut

Based on the novel by David Goodis, ‘Down There’ Charlie Kohler, the pianist at Plyne’s Bistro, is a sad, absent-minded, secretive man. His strange brothers are in trouble with some crooks. One evening, one of them is being chased and seeks refuge with Charlie in the bistro. Léna the waitress is in love with Charlie and knows about his past. Charlie – whose real name is Edouard Saroyan – was a great pianist until his wife Thérésa committed suicide. Léna wants to help Charlie to become Edouard once more. Together they hand in their notice to Plyne, but he starts a fight, and Charlie kills him. The couple goes on the run.

Status of the VoD copy

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
[ MP4 HD - Stéréo 2.0 ]


  • Charles Aznavour : Charlie Kohler / Edouard Saroyan
  • Marie Dubois : Léna
  • Nicole Berger : Thérèse Saroyan
  • Daniel Boulanger : Ernest
  • Bobby Lapointe : Le chanteur
  • Michèle Mercier : Clarisse
  • And with: Albert Rémy, Claude Mansard, Laure Paillette, Richard Kanayan, Serge Davri, Jean-Jacques Aslanian, Claude Heymann, Alice Sapritch


  • Director François Truffaut
  • Scenario Marcel Moussy, François Truffaut
  • Original work author David Goodis
  • Photo director Raoul Coutard
  • Set Design Jacques Mély
  • Sound Jacques Gallois
  • Editing Claudine Bouché, Cécile Decugis
  • Original music Georges Delerue
  • Producer Pierre Braunberger
  • Production Compagny Les Films de la Pléiade

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,35:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1960
  • Release date for France08/08/1960
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
Other films
Country restriction

We are sorry, but VOD service is only available to residents of France