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Audrey Hepburn's ability to play kooky and quirky characters at the same time as retaining complete elegance and beauty has gained her timeless recognition, but also a rep for being a bit of a wooden actress, lettign her charisma and not her skills do all the work. Breakfast At Tiffany's is perhaps her most recognised role, as occasional depressive Holly Golightly, and although it's not a perfect film, I have to say i really enjoyed it, and it's one of my wife's favourites.
Holly lives with her cat in a New York appartment. A chance encounter with her new neighbour leads to a blossoming friendship that promises romance from early on but doesn't hurry up manifesting into something real. As neighbour Paul (George Peppard) finds himself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Holly, the two begin to spend time with each other, and he starts to find out about her connections, romances and shady past.
But it's not as sinister as I make it sound. Based on a Truman Capote story but reportedly having been changed somewhat, you feel that the back story featuring Holly is merely there in order to give a bit more depth to the film, which is otherwise a bit of a shallow and mushy love story. It's one designed to be watched gently without too much attention needed, and to try and see the relationship between the two characters bloom and blossom into something new and different.
Holly has obviously been hurt before, and Paul (a struggling writer) is keen to show her that he wouldn't be like that. She clings to him, and is very needy, and it's through her actions that she shows the quirky mood swings and inability to commit or to keep with the status quo for too long. The dialogue has some very funny moments, although Hepburn's delivery, as I said earlier, is somewhat wooden and airy fairy. I don't know whether this is deliberate or not, but it did seem to keep with the character, and I suppose it worked, although Peppard could have been a stronger male lead.
The supporting cast is okay, not much really needed to be honest as it's all about Holly and Paul. A curious inclusion is a Japanese neighbour played by mickey Rooney, who has his features altered to look Japanese. This has caused criticism and even been found offensive, but it's clear this was an attempt at humour. I can't say I found it offensive, and it's no different to people putting on an accent, really - it's just more visual. I can, however, say that it didn't seem to fit and I found it another quirky habit of the film.
The wonderfully beautiful song Moon River is showcased perfectly here. It's used throughout the film to such an extent that you'd think it would be overkill, but a few gentle bars here and a softly sung line there makes it perfectly included. It balances Holly's neuroses perfectly, and gives a nice feel to a film that is ultimately supposed to make you smile for the most part.
Like I said, it's not perfect, but it does show just how glamourous and beautiful Hepburn was, and how her occasional woodenness is surpassed by her charisma. This has, naturally, made it into Empire's Top 500 films of all time. I'm not surprised, but I wouldn't say that it's as entertaining as some of her other films. Recommended.
It suddenly dawned on me the other day that I had never seen Breakfast at Tiffanys - a film which is considered to be a classic. I quickly added it to my DVD rental basket and waited for it to arrive.
The DVD arrived Saturday and I was keen to sit down and watch it. I had high expectations of the film because it has been rated so highly by so many people and it is seen as a great film.
The DVD I was sent has no extras on the disc so this is a film only review.
Holly Golightly is living in New York, she is happy in her life and shares her apartment with her pet cat who is nameless. Early one morning she is awoken by someone sounding her buzzer. It takes Holly some time to wake up but whoever is outside persists and she eventually manages to make it out of bed to answer the door.
Standing at the door is a very handsome man who introduces himself as Paul, he is to move into Hollys building but he has been given the wrong key. He apologises for waking Holly and asks to use her phone. Holly allows him into her apartment and the pair get talking.
I had high expectations of this film and I am pleased to say it did not disappoint. It had so much charm in it I was intrigued and hooked throughout.
I adored the character of Holly. She captured my heart immediately and she was absolutely lovely. I found myself thinking that I was watching the film through Hollys eyes and therefore this made me get in the mind of Holly and understand what she was thinking and how she was feeling.
I also loved the character of Paul! He was so charming and I loved the idea of his and Hollys friendship. The pair seemed so happy in one anothers company and their personalities really complemented one anothers.
The acting in the film was brilliant. The two main cast members had a real chemistry which made it much more realistic and helped me engage with the film.
The plot of the film kept a steady pace throughout and I was never bored. There are no real climaxes to the film until the closing half an hour, however there was always something interesting going on giving the audience something to focus on.
The ending of the film was predictable but done brilliantly. It bought a tear to my eye and I found myself with a big grin plastered on my face as the closing credits came on the screen. I found everything was wrapped up perfectly and I was left with no questions.
I really enjoyed this film. I had high expectations of it and all of my expectations were met. I'll be honest, I did think the film may be old fashioned and tired as it is nearly 50 years old however it was done brilliantly and it wasnt old fashioned at all. I actually had to check again how old it was because I thought there was no way it could be nearly 50 years old.
If you havent seen this film already I urge you to give it a go, regardless of your age or sex. It is a classic film and it deserves all the credit it gets.
The film was released in 1961.
It was based on a novel written by Truman Capote.
The screenplay was written by George Axelrod.
It stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
The film runs for 115 minutes and is rated a PG in the UK.
The DVD is available from Amazon for just £1.99.
Brilliant classic, recommended
Despite telling myself and others that I love films and have quite good taste in cinema, there are far too many classics which I haven't seen. Breakfast at Tiffany's was one that I never got around to seeing due to me not really knowing anyone who would lend me it and I didn't want to commit to buying it on the off chance that I wasn't overly keen on it. The opportunity to watch it presented itself a few nights ago, however, when a family friend insisted that my family and I see it and lent us her DVD of it. I therefore sat down expecting to enjoy a couple of hours filled with beautiful shots of 1960's Manhattan, very stylish clothes, interesting characters and a good storyline.
In short, I was disappointed. Throughout the whole two hours I had the feeling that the film was building to something great, but instead of a marvellous finale it just petered off in a very anticlimactic way. The storyline was mediocre, the characters most uninteresting and the film was generally poor.
In long, there's nothing much positive to say about the film other than the clothes. Audrey Hepburn was very, very beautiful and some of her outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany's accentuated her natural beauty as well as being attractive in their own right. Having said that, the song 'Moon River', for which the film got its two Oscars, deserves all the credit that it gets as it truly is an amazingly written and performed song. It is such a familiar and popular song even today, 49 years after the film was made, that it seems bizarre to think that it was first heard in this film and wasn't previously a chart topping record.
It must be the success of this song and Hepburn's beauty and fame which give this film its status as a classic and a cult favourite, as there's nothing much else to like about it. It's in no way formulaic, which I suppose is a positive if you're bored of the string of identical Hollywood chick flicks and comedies produced today, but that doesn't mean that the story is necessarily good. My parents have both read the book by Truman Capote of the same name, on which this film is based, and weren't particularly keen on it either, so this films may suffer from being based on something poor rather than having created its dullness itself. Apparently the plot does differ somewhat from the book but it doesn't appear that it's done any better for the changes.
I knew nothing about the story of the film before watching it, and since I'm not going to recommend this film at all I'll say as little as possible about the plot in order to not make it sound more interesting in theory than it was in practice. Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a twenty-something socialite whose sporadic depression can only be alleviated by going and looking longingly in the windows of Tiffany's, the jeweller's. She lives in an apartment in New York City, where she lives alone save for her nameless pet cat. At the start of the film an attractive young writer, Paul, moves into a flat in the same building and they form a friendship of sorts. She is very headstrong and outspoken and a self described 'wild thing', yet seems to desire finding a very wealthy husband above most else. Although there are undoubtedly many films which have since been based on this story, Breakfast at Tiffany's plot was probably fairly original at the time, but is still one that I found fairly uninspiring and dull.
Even if I had enjoyed this film, thought that the characters and actors were better than acceptable, the storyline engaging and the shots of Manhattan atmospheric and stylish, I still would have to mention the shocking aspect of the film that I am about to mention now. I know that political correctness has become much more of an important issue over the past half decade and that in 1961 America racist legislation still denied black people the right to vote or to an equal quality of living, but I was still unprepared for the offensive display in this film. The white American, Mickey Rooney (who I'm sure many of you will have heard of) played Audrey Hepburn's JAPANESE upstairs neighbour whom she often annoyed by getting her to buzz her into the building when she'd forgotten her keys. To say that his portrayal of this character was ridiculously one dimensional and that he depicted this man in the most stereotypical way possible is a massive understatement, and my parents and I watched the scenes with him in open mouthed in shock that this could ever have been considered acceptable. He had on makeup and something in his mouth to alter the shape of his face to make him appear more 'oriental' and it was the equivalent of 'blacking up' except apparently in an acceptable way as this was allowed in a film deemed Oscar worthy. I was offended by this portrayal and that the filmmakers decided to portray this character in such a way, and as I said earlier, it would have spoiled the film for me even if I had enjoyed everything else about it.
I have to say that I'm very glad that I waited until this film was available to be borrowed instead of buying it myself as I am sure that I wouldn't want to watch it again in a hurry, if at all. I will therefore not tell you where it can be bought and for how much, as I don't want to tempt you to part with your money on something that I found so poor. Borrow it if you must see it, but you'd probably be far happier watching Rear Window, Fight Club or any other film that actually IS good.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Living in Manhattan is Holly Golightly who is a socialite, she loves spending her evenings and nights out getting what she can from men but she never lets them back to her apartment which has lead to some uncomfortable scrapes for her. Things change for Holly when Paul Varjack moves into the apartment above Holly's. The two become friends and Holly tells him about her life and how she earns money from her men friends when they pay her $50 to visit the powder room and how she earns $100 per week by visiting a gangster in Sing Sing prison each week and giving him the weather reports.
Holly daydreams each morning by looking in Tiffany's at all the things she wants but never has the money to buy. Soon though Paul and Holly are very close and they decide to spend the day together and get even closer. Holly is soon in for a shock though when someone from her past turns up and threatens to ruin the life she has now got for herself. Will Paul be able to help Holly and what will become of their friendship?
I must firstly confess that I had never seen this film before which was a shock for hubby and he insisted I sat and watched it when it came on the TV, I did not know what to expect from the film as t is very old now but I have to say I really did enjoy it. I thought the story was quite a risky one for the year this film was released because of the line of work Holly was in and how she acted and treated men but somehow it just seemed to work. I think that the way it was put across and the fact we never saw anything which showed sex or violence is what made this film so much more fun and light-hearted to watch.
I think Audrey Hepburn was wonderful in the role of Holly and as this is only one of a few films I have seen her in I would say this is the best role I have seen from her. She managed to make Holly easy to warm to despite how she lived and from what we got to know about her past and life before coming to the city I could understand why she wanted so much more from her life and why she acted how she did. I think there was a lovely friend ship and chemistry between her and George Peppard who played Paul and they seemed so relaxed and comfortable with each other. George also played a very good role and I have to say this is the first time I have seen him in something other than the A Team. He was surprisingly a good actor and made his character believable and slightly naive at the start of the film.
We did get a lot of supporting actors in the film but for me the stand out one had to be that of Mickey Rooney who played Mr Yunioshi the poor suffering man who lived upstairs and also got bothered by Holly when she forgot her keys for the building. He was very comical in his appearance and a very clumsy man and this did bring some humour to the film. Other actors included Patricia Neal, Stanley Adams and Buddy Ebsom and they too were all good and brought a good mix of characters to the film.
The film was made back in 1961 and this is very apparent right from the opening of the film. It all looked very dated but somehow I was able to see over this and take the film for what it was. I did enjoy seeing the old way of the city and how basic it was due to the lack of technology and for me this was quite interesting. There were no real special effects in the film as it was not an action film so none were required. I did however notice a bit of a badly added backdrop when Holly and George were out for their day together but as the film is very old I saw past this.
About half way through the film I did get fed up with the soundtrack as the only real song we got to hear was Moon River and this was played several times, not always fully or with the words but the tune was used over and over again, just felt that different songs could have been used instead of overplaying this one.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 115 minutes and I found this was a good length with the storyline moving at a good pace throughout. It has a PG certificate and I do agree with this. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds on Amazon.
I am going to give this film 4 stars despite it being an old one as it has a good storyline and great acting and it would make a perfect Sunday afternoon light hearted watch. I do recommend that those who have still not seen this film should make the effort to see it at least once.
I rented this film a while ago when I was a Lovefilm member, and I loved it so much I bought my own copy. This surprised me as I honestly did not expect to like it. I am not a romantic film sort of person, but this film has so much charm it is impossible not to be drawn in.
It tells the story of free-spirited socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn in her iconic role) and writer Paul Varjak who moves into the flat above. The film charts the course of their growing friendship in spite of Holly's partying and relationships with men, and Paul's obligation to the woman who is 'keeping' him.
Audrey Hepburn is perfect for this role, managing to be glamorous, vulnerable, sweet, naive and upset when it is called for. According to the commentary included with the DVD, Marilyn Monroe was originally considered for the part - which I find incredible, as I just don't think she would have been right at all. George Peppard as Paul manages to be protective without being irritating, and Buddy Ebsen's character Doc is surprisingly likeable considering the role of his character in the film.
There are so many great scenes and set-pieces in this movie: the scene in Tiffany's where Holly and Paul try and find something they can afford; the party in Holly's flat and, of course, the final scene in the rain, which really makes the film for me!
The only bad thing about this film is the character of Mr Yunioshi, which would probably be offensive even if played by a Japanese person, but is even more so when played by Mickey Rooney with false teeth. Of course, the film was made in 1961 and attitudes were different, but it is quite telling that producer Richard Shepherd, on the commentary, says that he had reservations about the character at the time. I do think it's a shame and wish they had thought twice because without this character the film would be near-perfect.
The film includes Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score including the song 'Moon River' - even if you have never seen the film you will probably have heard this song!
Overall this is a great movie, one to watch on a Sunday afternoon with a big bar of chocolate if you need to be cheered up.
Breakfast at Tiffanys tells the story of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) as a charming New York socialite with a perculiar carefree lifestyle. Her relationships with various men are ambiguous but seems as though she acts like an escort various wealthy men. One day this all chages when she meets struggling/ aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard) and they develop a romance until the day her past is revealed by Doc (Buddy Ebsen) (I won't say who Doc is so as not to spoil anything!!).
This is a beautiful and sweet film. It's one of those ones where nothing really happens... but it does so very enjoyably. This really was Hepburn's movie although Peppard amply and charmingly accompanies her along the way. The costumes are glorious (lavishly designed by Givenchy) and have become some of the most iconic imagary in cinema history.
The film is directed beautifully by Blake Edwards and contains the magnificent Henry mancini score including the magestic Moon River. Between Edwards and Axelrod (the screenwriter) they have done a fabulous job of adapting Truman Capote's original tale.
The film does have one glaring downside in the shape of Mickey Rooney playing Mr. Yunioshi as the compaining neighbour. This unfortunately dates the film tremendously. The character comes across as offensive and certainly would not be allowed in modern cinema. It doesn't help that Rooney is simply not funny in the role either.
That aside, this is incredibly charming and a must see for those that like light romantic entertainment expertly done.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Audrey Hepburn is an absolute icon of cinema - black and white posters of her posed in a black dress and sunglasses can be bought just about everywhere, and it is this film, Breakfast At Tiffany's, from which these images derive. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by famed crime writer Truman Capote, although he tackles here an entirely different beast altogether.
The film depicts Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a featherheaded, slightly strange, but mostly likeable (and very attractive) socialite, who lives in a New York flat when, suddenly, empoverished writer George Peppard moves in above her, kindling the hints of a potential love interest. Depsite being made almost fifty years ago, this isn't a film stuck in any sort of zeitgeist with regard to gender and social attitudes towards relationships - this is a complex love story with numerous twists and turns.
George is more or less owned by Patricia McNeal's character, a rich spinster who keeps him on a fairly short lead (somewhat inverting gender expectations, even), whilst Holly has men flocking at her feet just to catch a glimpse of her. It's got all the makings of a classic love story, although there are a few strangely anachronistic elements, such as American acting legend Mickey Rooney playing a Chinese man (why not cast an ACTUAL asian!?).
Breakfast at Tiffany's doesn't always make you laugh despite a jovial tone (largely because a big part of the film's humour is based on ideas that are outdated and stereotypes that don't fit within the current cultural sphere), but it is nevertheless more complex than you might expect, although its superficiality cannot be denied. Whilst only surface deep, the film survives thanks to Hepburn's performance, which is not only deightfully dorky, but reminds us how utterly stunning she was.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is undoubtably one of the best films ever made. Audrey Hepburn makes this role her own and has ever more been renowned for her style and elegance.
This is a timeless classic, and a love story to end all love stories. This film doesn't age over the decades or lose an ounce of its magic and sparkle, giving you that rush and sense of self with every viewing. You are gripped at every turn the story takes, and still cry at the end, whether its the 1st or 100th time of seeing it!
George Peppard portrays Paul Varjak (v-a-r-j-a-k) fantastically, and the chemistry between the characters is electrifying, without losing any of its class or sophistication.
I cannot express how fantastic this film is, and is one of Hepburn's finest, inspiring a whole generation of women to don a rather oversized pair of glasses and "Little Black Dress", buy a morning coffee, and ponder the meaning of life outside the best jewellery store in history. After all, "nothing bad can ever happen at Tiffany's ..."
This absolutely classic film has been one of my favourites for a long time now. Made in 1961, it has lasted the test of time as it is still watched and enjoyed by many people.
The film centres around Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a slightly eccentric New York party girl, living in a Manhatten apartment with a cat with no name. She is beautiful, stylish and plans to marry a millionaire to fund her lifestyle.
The plan goes slightly awry when she meets her attractive neighbour "Fred" as she calls him. They are very flirty with each other, however Holly's determined to marry her millionaire, and Fred is "sponsored" by a wealthy older woman, which allows him to do the writing he enjoys so much.
The story sees both the characters and their friendship develop, and we learn about Holly's past, where she came from and how she got to where she is now.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a beautiful film, set against the stunning backdrop of New York City and tells a classic romantic tale. I thoroughly enjoy watching it again and again, although it's probably not one that a man would sit through quite so happily!
It's a perfect relaxing girly film, and I would definitely recommend it.
I had to watch this for a college assignment and i expected it to be brilliant, like i have heard it is but i did not enjoy it as much as i had hoped. I have read the book and loved it but i am not so keen on the film. For starters, it is way too long and i personally lost interest in it half way through. I also did not find Mickey Rooney's character funny in the slightest. I think nowadays that character could be very offensive to some people. In saying that, i do not think the film is all bad, the storyline is good and Audrey Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly is good, but i think the film is not all it is cracked up to be and it does not compare against the book and i dont think i will be watching it again anytime soon.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my all time favourite films. If you love classic films; they don't get much better than this! It is Audrey Hepburn at her best.
Audrey plays the eccentric socialite Holly Golightly, living in a brownstone apartment in 60's New York with her fellow companion Cat. Her one aspiration in life is to marry an extremely prosperous gentleman.
No classic film would be complete without the dashing young gentleman; George Peppard plays Paul Varjak, an aspiring writer who has just moved into the building. Both Holly and Paul make their living by being paid by others for their companionship. Holly has weekly visits to Sing Sing prison to be paid $100 just for an hour's conversation to Sally Tomato, a delightful character, who uses the naïve Holly to send messages to his drug ring.
Like every other man Paul falls in love with holly, only to discover, when a figure from her past shows up that she is in fact a sham. Her real name is Lula Mae Barns and she is married to Doc Golightly back in Texas, he has returned to bring her back home. Holly manages to persuade him that she does love him but that she needs to remain on New York.
After many a drink Holly tells Paul of her brother Fred, and how he is her responsibility and he is the reason she works as she does; so she can support him when he leaves the army and comes to live with her. She also confesses that she is planning to marry Rusty for his money, only to discover the day after that he has only just married. Holly then turns her attention towards Jose, a wealthy Brazilian, leaving Paul heartbroken.
Having not spoken for several months, Holly invites Paul over to tell him that she is planning to move to Brazil with Jose. Whilst out at supper they are arrested, for being in connection with Sally's drug circle. Paul meets Holly after she has spent the night 'locked up', to take her to the airport. On the way there he gives Holly a letter from Jose, who is calling off the relationship due to the drug related incident. In a rage Holly throws Cat out in the pouring rain and leaves him abandoned. Further down the road Holly Comes to her senses, and runs to find Cat, and realises her love for Paul and it all ends happily ever after!
This is an all time feel good film; although it will leave wishing you were as glamorous as Audrey Hepburn and that every man was a dashing and charming as George Peppard
Breakfast At Tiffany's is an absolute delight. It's a gem of a film that is completely, utterly timeless and never fails to put a smile on my face. Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly are household names, and the film is just completely enchanting. I'm sure almost every girl dreams of Tiffany's, and there's just something about the film that captures your imagination and won't quite let go.
In addition, with Henry Mancini's exceptional score and the timeless classic "Moon River", it's just a film that should be a staple in every girl's movie collection - once you get past the myth that it's old fashioned and a little bit uninteresting compared to the colourful, fast paced films that are released recently, but there's definitely something heartwarming about Breakfast at Tiffany's that you just don't experience when the credits roll on a modern romantic comedy, and it just goes to show that sometimes the classics have their advantages!
This film is based on Truman Capote's short story Novella, however I have never read the book, so could not give you a comparison (this seems to be the case for most of the movies based on books that I have seen - starting to feel a tad illiterate!).
The scene is 60's New York (I think), but don't think hippies, acid, mods & rockers, think more 1950's smooth, sophisticated glamour (cigarette holders, cocktail parties, the way a bond girl was meant to be). The film is shot in black and white, which just adds to the atmosphere, I think that all the dresses that were worth looking at were either black, or ivory/white!
Everything about this film oozes luxury and is basically my fantasy world....the film begins with a shot of Hepburn staring into Tiffany's window eating her breakfast (out of a brown paper bag) in a black evening dress (think it was all courtesy of Givenchy! But do correct me if I am wrong!) wearing her big sunglasses and a tiara. I love this film, because I want to be Holly Golightly!!
The film is centred around a young woman named Holly Golightly (Hepburn), her complete mish-mash of a life and her friendship with her new neighbour, a young "writer" played by George Peppard who is "sponsored" by an older woman.
Peppard is, as I mentioned, a writer, although he is probably the most unproductive writer I have ever come across, so much so that a gift that Holly later in the film gives him is a tape for his typewriter! Peppard young, dashing and handsome (well I thought he was), but Holly does not see him as a love interest because of his serious lack of dollars! Peppard makes ends meet by "servicing" an older lady whose husband is out of the country a lot, she pays his bills and rent for him!
Holly is a bubbly, lively, live each day as it comes, fake (but really genuine & loveable) girl. Holly's only goal in life is to meet a rich millionaire, and nothing in her life really seems to matter, she has very little furniture, nothing in her fridge & a big ginger cat called Cat. She almost reminds me of Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds", she is very attracted by the smell of money, regardless of the mans age, looks, or marital status. Holly seems to feed herself on men taking her for Dinner & generous gifts of perfume, clothes & jewellery...well what more do you need? Fed & clothed! She also delivers regular messages (although I am not sure if she knows they are messages or whether she is acting wonderfully innocent) to the famous Sing Sing prison, to the mafia boss Tomato.
Everything about this film is so wonderfully innocent, as usual, there is no sex or nudity, but there is a lot of romance & as with every good chick flick a really good bit to cry in towards the end. The 60's party scene is completely romanticised, as is the life of a 1960's socialite, everything is wonderful and rose tinted, nothing seedy happens at these parties, there are just lots of people having a lovely time, laughing and drinking, eating bread and cheese....ahhh heaven!
We see the secrets of Holly's past unfold and how she needs to choose between real love and money, we watch her transition from a socialite who thinks that she knows where she is going, to a confused little girl who really does not know where her life is headed.
A wonderful tale, innocent and heart warming. Hepburn is a role model for independent women...those stories that your mom tells you about when she was younger about when she first started out and making lists of men she knew to take her to dinner (so she wouldn't starve)...she learnt it from this movie!
To sum it up a brilliant chick flick (don't take that in the wrong way) that has everything that you need to have a wonderful evening in, curled up or even a really nice lazy Sunday....romance, money, glamour, parties....everything our lives are (ahem!)
This is an all time great. Anyone who is a fan of Hepburn or just loves those old time feel good movies then this is for you. If they make you want to throw up then buy the book instead! The film is about a Southern Hick turned New York playgirl, Holly Golightly (Hepburn) and her relationships with a writer, Paul Varjak (Peppard), kept by a wealthy woman in the flat upstairs. The relationship, I think, though comes second best to Holly?s infectious love of life coupled with her longing to fill a void left by growing up too fast. Nowadays Holly would, probably, be classed as manic depressive and given Prozac to solve her ?mean reds? but all the audience need is her mostly jolly outlook and childish naivety to keep the pace of the story going. Following Holly around the most famous sights of New York, starting with, of course, Tiffany and co. is like a wonderful dream; her life is so full of life that it almost feels infectious. Her parties are the craziest, her neighbours the weirdest and her friends the most connected and famous people New York has to offer and you?ll feel yourself swept along on a cloud of Holly?s world. However this story isn?t set out to be the feel good movie it ends up being, it?s about true loneliness and emptiness. Holly, when we first see her, doesn?t even feel at home enough in her world to give her cat a name or unpack her cloths properly and the only place she really feels safe is Tiffanies. However all that is changed when she meets Paul Varjak (Peppard). [Even if for nothing else you should watch this film if you?re an A team fan just to see Hannibal playing it smooth.] Overall this film leaves the audience feeling truly happy. A real feel good romance to the end with plenty of tears and triumphs along the way, for both Paul and Holly. My only disappointment with this film was that the ending has been changed beyond recognition from the book. The original ending I feel is more in keeping with Holly?s chara
cter and the film just leaves her as another Hollywood heroin, fallen in love with the man of her dreams. Great for the cinema but wholly predictable. Don?t let this put you off, if you have read the book then watch the film just for an alternative ending and if you haven?t then just let it soak you in its sunbeams of happiness from beginning to end.
There are classic movies, and there are classic movies. Breakfast at Tiffany’s crossed decades without ageing one iota! If you have never seen this movie before, I am so jealous of you. By that I mean I am envious of the reaction you will have to the superb characterisation of the actors and actresses in this movie. Whoever sat in the casting chair for this movie wants to be stuffed and mounted in the Hollywood hall of Fame, for wannabe casting executives to pray to each morning. Relatively unknown at the time, screen wise, a voluptuous, innocent, and charismatic Audrey Hepburn, played the part of high-class hooker come dreamer. Okay, Audrey Hepburn was no innocent in real life, with her late night nightclub antics being the tabloid favourite paparazzi print while she was acting on stage in Broadway. But to look at her face was like staring into the eyes of an angel, crossed with an inquisitive schoolgirl, and that is why she was superb as Holly. Now there was no evidence to prove she slept with her clientele, yet the assumption was there for all to either believe or disbelieve, depending on how she inspired your chain of thought. Always dreaming of marrying a rich, famous and available millionaire, she kept everyone at arms length, including reality, the less, inspired people around her to fall in love with her flamboyant and often eccentric actions. Escaping from a forced marriage of convenience in some back state of America, farming and family life proved to be no draw to compare to that of fame and stardom, and she ran away, leaving her “adopted” family behind, searching for the compelling draw of Broadway, and the hustle and bustle of New York. Cue George Peppard, as a young, aspiring writer. He moves in to an apartment below Holly, and, as life would have it, is besotted by her mystique, as well as her beauty and innocent looks.
Mr Peppard, of A-Team fame, has no defence to her lifestyle, as he is a kept man by his middle aged agent and her bottomless cheque book. She subsidies his lifestyle, not so much for his writing skills, but his bedroom skills, and again, a younger Peppard had that blonde boy next door look, which older women tend to perspire readily over. Add to this, the cranky upstairs lodger, a Chinese fellow known as Mr Yunioshi, or something similar, played by a once child star, Mickey Rooney (was it international Velvet, I hear myself ask?) and you have a roller coaster of a movie, made some 41 years ago, but with a message that is as fresh today as it will be in another 41 years time. Winner of two Oscars, for score and song, BAT also gained an Oscar nomination for Audrey Hepburn herself, and catapulted her to fame and fortune almost overnight. She played her role so well that she could almost have lived the part. Upstaged only momentarily by CAT, her aptly named stray pet of the same nature, who reminded her of her, a quizzical but also cryptic emblem to her own naivety yet vulnerability, which she tried to shield from the world. Trying to distance herself from reality with whimsical notions and off the cuff put you downs, she strived to gain friendship on her terms only, refusing to allow anyone to break down her barriers, and gain an insight into her mind. These notions were too complicated for Paul (George Peppard) whom she called Fred by the way. Don’t ask, watch! He fell hopelessly in love with her, but then, there weren’t many who didn’t! The movie follows the trials and tribulations of Paul/Fred/George’s attempts to woo her and also to accept her life. It shows Audrey/Holly striving to come to terms with reality and accept the way things are. But most of all, this film turns a harsh reality from a deep, meaningful, and often sad story, into a
fairytale of modern life. Super on location shoots, and a fascinating encounter in Tiffany’s, with an English speaking counter assistant, serve to entertain you throughout this roller coaster of emotion, while a light, and humours tinge tend to open the characters to a more subjective and human image. To portray this movie in modern times would be like remaking Ben Hur, just don’t do it. And as Holly sits on the window ledge, singing the tune, “Moon River, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style, someday……………” You can’t help but drift into her world of romance and dreams, if only for a moment. This is either a Sunday afternoon movie, or a romantic evening in movie. You choose. Angus Reid
This film adaptation of Truman Capote's novella is probably Audrey Hepburn's most celebrated roles. Hepburn's urban sophisticate Holly Golightly, an enchanting neurotic living off the gifts of gentlemen, is a bewitching figure in designer dresses and costume jewelry. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbor, a struggling writer and kept man financed by a steely older woman (Patricia Neal). His growing friendship with the lonely Holly soon turns to love and threatens the delicate balance of both of their compromised lives.