Paris: Les Films de la Pleiade, Circa 1959-1960. Vintage borderless photograph from the 1960 film. A candid, on-the-set photograph of the film's stars, Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois, in the midst of an outdoor tracking shot in Paris. Director Truffaut stands on the tracking trolley, hands apart, giving instruction for the scene, while a crew member dutifully holds a boom microphone above the entire enterprise. Cinemonde Archives stamp on the verso.
Aznavour spends half his time playing saloon piano and half his time on the run in this early Truffaut masterpiece, one of the great French noirs, based on the 1956 hard-boiled novel "Down There" by American pulp author David Goodis.
Criterion notes: "Francois Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of 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."
9.5 x 7.25 inches. Near Fine.
Criterion Collection 315.