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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).
Director Blake Edwards', "Breakfast at Tiffany's," is a bright, bittersweet, romantic look at life in early 1960's, New York City.
"Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the craziest
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."
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.