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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)

Blake Edwards directed this luminous adaptation of Truman Capote's novel, in which fortune hunter Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) finds herself romantically drawn to a new resident in her apartment building, aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), the recipient of a wealthy woman's (Patricia Neal) patronage. Just as love begins to blossom between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) makes his appearance, and Holly's troubled past comes to light. The film won Oscars for best song ("Moon River") and best original score (by Henry Mancini).

The diverse cast includes: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney, Martin Balsam, and John McGiver.

Director Blake Edwards', "Breakfast at Tiffany's," is a bright, bittersweet, romantic look at life in early 1960's, New York City.

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"Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the craziest heroine
who ever crept between the pages of a best-selling novel!"

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The basic story involves Holly Golightl (Hepburn), a New York, free-spirited party girl, who is a high-priced "escort", an aspiring socialite who is looking for an older, rich man to marry, to try to improve her life. When she starts falling in love with a young novelist, Paul Varjak ("Fred"), played by George Peppard, who moves into her apartment building, being a gigolo, kept by an older woman (Patricia Neal). Both their lives become more complicated, as a result of their relationship.

While considered by many as a "frothy comedy", there are dramatic overtones throughout the movie. The moments of intense sadness work with the moments of hopeful optimism to make this film uplifting and unforgettable, a beautifully romantic tale. "It has just the right balance of lightness and heaviness, with well-explored characters that change before our eyes."

Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated for best actress for her role, is a delight as Holly Golightly, who at first uses her life style as a means of running from who she really is; her true self. Holly, initially fun and wacky, turns poignant, as the talented Hepburn skillfully broadens her character, especially late in the movie, when we discover her true background.

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard had great screen chemistry, and were convincing as people in love, who are two of a kind. They grow emotionally and improve their lives because of the love and friendship they experienced together. After enduring difficult situations in the storyline, they overcome the personal flaws that made them unhappy in the first place, and move to another more positive mindset that will bring a better way of life for both of them.

Some critics have a problem with George Peppard, as a stand-in for the young Truman Capote. Others think it was terrific casting decision. "Hepburn and Peppard are undoubtedly the cutest coupling to hit the silver screen." My feeling is that if Truman, (who wrote the story), didn't mind, why should I?

George Axelrod wrote the entertaining and sophisticated screenplay, based on Truman Capote's novel. However, Hollywood had Axelrod change the original dark and depressing ending, over Capote's objections, to please the masses, and ended the film on an upbeat note.

Mickey Rooney is a hoot as an Asian, upstairs neighbor. While this role would undoubtedly not be played by a Caucasian today, in these "politically correct" times, he's funny nonetheless. Some say that the director, Blake Edwards, should've cut his scenes, which would've cut down on the annoyance factor. Too much of a funny bit, gets tiring, and overbearing.

Buddy Ebsen is terrific as Hepburn's first husband. He dominates the scenes with Hepburn and Peppard, tugging at your heartstrings.

One of the best things about "Breakfast at Tiffanys," is the film's music. The film's score, and theme song, "Moon River," both won Oscars. All the Henry Mancini music is memorable and sets the perfect tone for this movie.

If you enjoyed BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS you may like MY FAIR LADY, PRETTY WOMAN, EMMA, and/or CLUELESS.