(aka "Shoot the Pianist" or "Shoot the Piano Player")

 

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France 1960

 

François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful, anarchic film. Part film noir, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of the mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague.

***

What makes Truffaut's second feature such a delight is the almost tangible passion for the history of cinema, its language and conventions, and the artistic possibilities offered by their innovative adaptation and re-interpretation. But don't let the label of artiness put you off. Truffaut was thankfully not so stuffy as to forget that the best movies can be funny as well as clever. Witty dialogue and thoroughly inventive visual humor are equally important elements in the composition of the film's considerable charm. Charles Aznavour, as the eponymous pianist, is ideally suited as the alternately tragic and comic hero and coasts effortlessly through the sudden changes of mood.

IExcerpt from Iain Harral's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 25 November 1960

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DVD Comparison: 

MK2 - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the MK2 captures!

(MK2 - Region 2 - PAL LEFT vs. Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC RIGHT)

DVD Box Cover

 

The MYK2 also available in the  12 Truffaut DVD set - all with English subtitles and many extras with English subs. Includes - Jules et Jim, La Peau douce (The Soft Skin), Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls), La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro), Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board), L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run), Vivement dimanche ! (Confidentially Yours), Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Pianist), and Fahrenheit 451.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 315

Region 1 - NTSC

Bitrate: Criterion (Disc 1)
Runtime 1:18:00 1:21:39
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English and None English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Serge Toubiana presents the film (3:27)
• Commentary track by Marie Dubois
• Commentary track by Raoul Coutard
• Francois Truffaut speaks about the film (9:41)
• François Truffaut talks about the book
• "Down there" the film is based on (12:22)
• Screen tests of Marie Dubois (2:51)
• Trailer (4:3 / 1:54)
• Truffaut Collection (12 trailers)
• The extra material on this DVD do not have English subtitles

DVD Release Date: 20 February 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• 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 George Delerue, an illustrated essay
• Dubois’ screen test for the film
• Theatrical trailer
• 30-page liner notes booklet with photos and essay by film critic Kent Jones

• Tales of Hoffmann postcard

DVD Release Date: December 5th, 2005
Double thick Keep Case

Chapters 23

 

 

Comments ADDITION: - Criterion - NTSC - November 2005: The first huge difference in these edition is the extensive cropping on the MK2 release - mostly on the two sides but on the top as well. The Criterion is much brighter and we can only surmise that the transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard, is the most accurate in terms of intended appearance. The MK2 has both brightness boosting and de-saturation that leaves the image very thin. This makes the Criterion appear a little softer alongside. There are some visible artifacts in the MK2 that are more apparent also next to the Criterion. 

Frankly this is all quite contrary to what we have seen from Criterion in some of their past releases. As opposed to their usual slight de-saturation and darkness (often reds and/or blacks) boosting to bring up detail, they have gone the opposite route and allowed the image to have a softer glow... which is possibly more accurate. Also Criterion have been caught a number of times with cropping issues in the past, but since the use of their new quantization matrix (1st seen in PickPocket) this no longer seems to be an issue, but we will keep attentive in any case. This is actually very good news as it shows that Criterion appear to be improving - raising the bar another notch. In this DVD comparison the Criterion gives a far more film-like presentation.

Although the MK2 has some decent extras they do not have English subtitles. There are some cross-over's with the Maria Dubois screen test (example) - I particularly got a lot out of the Kent Jones essay booklet that includes and interview with Truffaut. It is beautifully bound and a nice keepsake. Criterion's 2nd disc has some real value. We, of course, recommend the Criterion.   

*****

The new wave took the cameras out from the studio to real location. This is shot in Dyaliscope, with big cameras. Because of that I believe that the original material in this film varies in quality a lot. Some scenes seems soft, and the outdoor scenes has very little light. Some of the film stock is very grainy also, but I believe this is quite a good reproduction from the original elements. As the main title is quite sharp, it's believable that the out of focus scenes are also so in the original film negative.

The film makes a little left to right movement, but not so that it annoys you. Looking on screen cap no 4, makes me believe the DVD is cropped on the both edges a little.

Unfortunately the huge amount of extra-material is not subtitled in English on this DVD.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 






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Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

Check out more in "The Library"



 
DVD Box Cover

 

The MYK2 also available in the  12 Truffaut DVD set - all with English subtitles and many extras with English subs. Includes - Jules et Jim, La Peau douce (The Soft Skin), Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls), La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro), Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board), L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run), Vivement dimanche ! (Confidentially Yours), Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Pianist), and Fahrenheit 451.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 315

Region 1 - NTSC




 

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