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Breakfast at Tiffany's [1961 film] by Blake…

Breakfast at Tiffany's [1961 film] (1961)

by Blake Edwards (Director), George Axelrod (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Stanley Adams (Actor), Elvia Allman (Actor), Martin Balsam (Actor), Buddy Ebsen (Actor), Audrey Hepburn13 more, Martin Jurow (Producer), Henry Mancini (Composer), John McGiver (Actor), Patricia Neal (Actress), George Peppard, Franz Planer (Director of photography), Beverly Powers (Actor), Alan Reed (Actor), Mickey Rooney (Actor), Richard Shepherd (Producer), Claude Stroud (Actor), José Luis de Vilallonga (Actor), Dorothy Whitney (Actor)

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn – Holly Golightly
George Peppard – Paul Varjak

Martin Balsam – O. J. Berman
Buddy Ebsen – Doc Golightly
Patricia Neal – 2E Failenson
Stanley Adams – Rusty Trawler
Dorothy Whitney – Mag Wildwood
Mickey Rooney – Mr Yunioshi

Screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote.
Directed by Blake Edwards.

First released, 5 October 1961.

Paramount Home Entertainment, 2003. 115 min. Colour. 1.78:1. Dolby Digital 5.1.


There are two main reasons to see this movie. Audrey Hepburn in that iconic black dress and the half-deserted streets of New York early in the morning. Both are gorgeous. The rest, not so much.

I saw the movie several times before I read Truman Capote’s novella. But I never did like it much even then. Now, having just finished the original, I like it even less. Holly Golightly is so much more exciting on paper! The Hollywoodized version doesn’t even come close. Paul Varjak has nothing to do with the sexually ambiguous and charmingly witty narrator in the book. The valiant attempts to introduce some boldness in the script by way of his mistress (original creation of Mr Axelrod) are rather pathetic. O. J. Berman, Doc Golightly, Rusty Trawler and Mag Wildwood, all incandescent on paper, are ashes and dust on the screen. The expansion of Mr Yunioshi is relatively well done, mostly thanks to Mickey Rooney’s deliciously over-the-top performance. It’s a shame he has come in for so much criticism, including accusations of racism. Isn’t it amazing how humourless some people are? Poor things, life must be hard for them!

The ending is a complete disaster. It is hard to imagine a more atrocious melodrama. People love each other, therefore people belong to each other. Really? I say, love that turns people into belongings isn’t worth a piece of cat poo. What’s worse, the ending goes against the rest of the movie. Holly on the screen may be like a glass of stale beer compared to the double bourbon on the rocks from the book, but she is essentially the same character, however minimized and sanitized. Yet we are asked to believe she would suddenly act contrary to her whole life so far? Because a Christmas tree (George Peppard) flickered a little around her? Mushy melodrama is bad enough, but complete implausibility is much worse. The very same disaster, ironically enough, ruined another famous Audrey Hepburn tour de force a few years later.

I keep this DVD for the same reason why I keep My Fair Lady (1964). I am perpetually infatuated with Audrey Hepburn. But even far greater actresses than her could not have saved these movies. Their screenplays contain holes big enough to sink anything. Like I said, Audrey looks irresistible in that black dress and so does New York glowing in the early morning sun. There are two or three funny moments, notably the party, Mr Yunioshi and (unintentionally) every scene George Peppard appears in, the colours and the cinematography are splendid, and Cat is a real delight. All the same, this is a dull and vastly overrated picture. It has been praised in some quarters with extravagance incompatible with sanity. ( )
  Waldstein | Sep 4, 2017 |
A neurotic girl forces herself into her neighbor’s life.

I typically hate romantic comedies, but I love this movie. Not because it does things differently, or because it has some appeal apart from the romantic story, but just because it does what it does (and what a million and a half crappy chick flicks wish they could do) so damn well. It's not humanly possible to watch that last scene and not feel like a complete sap.

Concept: D
Story: B
Characters: A
Dialog: A
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: C
Acting: A
Music: A

Enjoyment: A plus

GPA: 3.3/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 6, 2016 |
Breakfast at Tiffanys by Lynn Lorenz is a stand-alone novella written for the “Blockbusters” series at Amber Quill Press (stories with movie titles) and has nothing to do with the Truman Capote book or the Audrey Hepburn movie. Its strengths include a vivid setting in New Orleans two years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and two appealing young characters, an interracial couple, who are trying to survive the dangers of life on the streets. It’s a simple story about the start of a romance, which builds towards a moment of trust in which Tony confides in Scott about his past. Fortunately, the story isn’t too gritty or depressing, and it maintains a consistent tone of hopefulness and romance.

Scott is a white kid living in a homeless shelter in New Orleans and waiting tables at a diner owned by Tiffany, a sympathetic black woman. He adds each day’s pay to his small savings account, but one night a street thug robs him. Another guy drives off the thug but keeps Scott’s money. It’s Tony, a black kid and survivor of a horrible hurricane ordeal in the Ninth Ward. He lives on the streets and is desperate for money, but guilt forces him to seek out Scott and return Scott’s earnings. The two experience a strong mutual attraction, and cautiously but hopefully embark on a relationship.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Edwards, BlakeDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Axelrod, GeorgeScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, StanleyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allman, ElviaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balsam, MartinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ebsen, BuddyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hepburn, Audreysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jurow, MartinProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mancini, HenryComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGiver, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Neal, PatriciaActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peppard, Georgesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Planer, FranzDirector of photographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powers, BeverlyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, AlanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rooney, MickeyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepherd, RichardProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stroud, ClaudeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vilallonga, José Luis deActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whitney, DorothyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. Her next-door neighbor, a writer, is "sponsored" by a wealthy patroness. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy; seeing just how romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of the film.… (more)

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