Classic of the Week: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, loosely based on the 1958 novella by Truman Capote of the same name. The film stars Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen and Mickey Rooney. The story is about Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a New York City socialite that falls in love with Paul Varjak (Peppard), a writer that moves into her apartment building, but her past gets in the way.

Holly was a call girl and Paul was a struggling writer. Holly through lavish parties in her apartment. Paul is an introvert that prefers nice dinners at home or at cozy restaurants. Both characters are complete opposites that eventually fall in love. Paul falls passionately in love with Holly, despite her lifestyle choices, she falls deeply for  him, despite his more simple life. They see that are meant to be together in spite of their differences. He sees her as a beautiful, but hard headed woman, that is also very sweet. She sees him as a handsome, very loving, truthful man.

This film is filled with humor, provocativeness, sadness and love. I started out not liking Holly, but towards the end, I ended up loving her. She starts out as not a very likable character and you wonder at first why Paul is smitten with her. But as the story goes on, you realize that they may be different, but they were supposed to be together.

This is a wonderful film. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard are are outstanding together. I can’t imagine Marilyn Monroe as Holly, which was Truman Capote’s choice, because the role was made for Audrey. Her character has become an icon around the world and this is her most famous role. The famous little black dress, pearls, gloves, kitten heels, tiara and sunglasses have been copied since the film’s theatrical release.

This is a truly spectacular film, with many famous scenes and lines. Hepburn and Peppard will still live on in hearts for generations to come. 16+ 5/5

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