Shoot the Piano Player

by François Truffaut1h251960France

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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.

Cast and crew
  • Credits

    • Production Compagny : Les Films de la Pléiade
    • Director : François Truffaut
    • Scenario : François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
    • Photo Director : Raoul Coutard
    • Editing : Claudine Bouché, Cécile Decugis
    • Original Music : Georges Delerue
    • Producer : Pierre Braunberger
    • Set Decoration : Jacques Mély
    • Original Work Author : David Goodis
    • Sound Recorder : Jacques Gallois
  • Technical details

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1960
    • French release date : 8 août 1960
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : French

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