Shoot The Piano Player!
Shoot The Piano Player!

Shoot The Piano Player!

Director François Truffaut

Production year 1960

Length 80min.

Country France


Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. We will discover that Charlie's real name is Edouard Saroyan, once a virtuose who gives up after his wife's suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena...



François Truffaut
François Truffaut



Pierre Braunberger


François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy

Director of Photography

Raoul Coutard

Production designer

Jacques Mely

Music by

Georges Delerue


Jacques Gallois, Jean Philippe


Claudine Bouche, Cecile Decugis


Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michele Mercier, Catherine Lutz, Albert Remy, Claude Mansard, Daniel Boulanger

François Truffaut

(1932, Paris, France – 1984, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France ) An influential film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic, as well as one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry, having worked on over 25 films. Truffaut's film The 400 Blows came to become a defining film of the New Wave genre.


Une visite (1955, short), The Kids/Les mistons (1957, short), The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player! (1960), A Story of Water (1961, co-dir.; Jean-Luc Godard, short), The Army Game/Tire-au-flanc 62 (1961, co-dir.: Claude de Givray, short), Jules and Jim (1962), Love at Twenty (1962, segment Antoine et Colette),), The Soft Skin (1964), Fahrenheit 451 (1966), The Bride Wore Black (1968), Stolen Kisses (1968), Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Wild Child (1970), Bed & Board (1970), Two English Girls (1971), A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (1972), Day for Night (1973), The Story of Adele H. (1975), Small Change (1976), The Man Who Loved Women (1977), The Green Room (1978), Love on the Run (1979), The Last Metro (1980), The Woman Next Door (1981), Confidentially Yours/ Vivement dimanche! (1983).

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