Special ed.; widescreen.
2 videodiscs (ca. 92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Based on the novel "Down there" by David Goodis.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1960.
Program notes (28 p.) with essays "You'll laugh, you'll cry" by Kent Jones, "Interview with François Truffaut: Shoot the piano player" by Hèléne Larouch Davis, and "Truffaut on his actor" inserted in container.
Special features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard; 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 Georges Delerue": an illustrated essay; Dubois' screen test; theatrical trailer.
Cinematography, Raoul Coutard ; editing, Claudine Bouché, Cécile Decugis ; music, Georges Delerue.
Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier.
Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. Lena, a waitress at the bar, is in love with him. One of Charlie's brothers, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is being chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. But Charlie's real name is Edouard Saroyan, who was once a virtuoso who gave up playing after his wife's suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena. Charlie ends up stumbling into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
French dialogue, with optional English subtitles.