Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)


‘I want to be me when I wake up and have breakfast at Tiffanys’

Blake Edwards directs this romantic comedy based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote.  Holly Golightly (played by the fabulous Audrey Hepburn), is the party girl (and often interpreted as ‘a call girl’ ) who moves into the same apartment as aspiring  writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard). He becomes intrigued  by  his new neighbour and her extravagant  but also puzzled.  How can she be so flirty in public but so shy and vulnerable when they are together? She insists that he reminds her of her brother Fred who has been enlisted in the army. He is ‘supported’ by wealthy woman 2E (played by Roald Dahl’s ex wife Patricia Neal)  whilst his writing career takes off. The two characters fall in love even when several obstacles get in the way.

Overall, this is an enchanting film. The iconic opening sequence with Hepburn in front of the jewellery shop window with her coffee and pastry (which she reportedly didn’t like because of her experiences with food growing up)against Mancini’s Moon River  is one of the best in film history in my opinion. Then there’s the part when Hepburn is singing Moon River on the window sill with a towel on her hair and Peppard hears her and comes out to his balcony. I mean  nobody can look that amazing in the morning with a towel in their hair. My main problem was with the book and how  it was  generally disappointing in comparison with the film. For instance, the fact that Hepburn’s character was much younger in the book. And Peppard’s character was gay (I’m not homophobic but it was a bit strange how it was all suddenly revealed towards the end). And the ending of the book was generally boring compared to the film which was an example of a very cheesy Hollywood. But it still comes under being one of my favourites. When I visit my Grandmother we watch it together as it is her favourite film too. And the late Mickey Rooney does a good job of playing Mr Yunoushi. And lets not forget the cute cat without the name who brings Varjak and Golightly back together at the end ..

I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.

My rating: 4/5

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