The women are stereotypes: the prostitute with a heart of gold, the blonde bourgeoise who sacrifices everything for her brooding artist of a husband, and the waitress who wants to save Charles Aznavour. All this would be fairly irritating if they didn’t form the moral and pragmatic core of Truffaut’s second film. The clumsy men (who alternately despise and fear them) would be nothing without them.
Tirez Sur Le Pianiste. Dir. François Truffaut. Les Films de la Pléiade, 1960. In French.