First up from my 100 Movies Bucket List with the help of a random number generator was Breakfast At Tiffany’s which I had never seen; although I’m a hypocrite because I’ve definitely dressed up at Audrey Hepburn from this film before! I tend to shy away from old films as they annoy me a lot of the time but I’m broadening my horizons!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s tells the sorry or Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) who is on the hunt for a place that makes her feel like Tiffany’s jewellery store does, it is a film adaptation of a novella of the same name written by Truman Capote. Holly is a New York socialite who I’m not was supposed to come across as ditzy and approachable or damaged in some way; she’s always losing her key, drinking too much and has half a bathtub as a sofa. I feel like in the 60s this probably would have been meant as ditzy and cute whereas me and my boyfriend were discussing whether she’d maybe had a stroke or PTSD haha.
When Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves in upstairs he is presented as her knight in shining armour, however, we soon learn he also has his secrets acting as some sort of male prostitute to a wealthy married woman. Despite their difficult situations the audience is very much aware they should be together and they have such a fun date day doing things the other has never done.
Their fun loving surface relationship is derailed by two factors. 1. Holly declares she is marrying a rich Brazilian and 2. They are both arrested.
I can totally understand why this film is so many peoples favourite as it is a non-typical love story of sorts. But, it’s definitely one that I think needs to have been watched closer to it’s release. I personally was frustrated by the racist portrayal of Mr Yunioshi (Micky Rooney). I know times have changed so much but no wonder people get so sensitive when not only do our classics white wash these individuals but also stereotype them in such a negative light; apparently the director Blake Edwards has also reflected that this was not a good choice. I also wanted to get Holly some psychological help. And what’s with calling the guy you’re clearly attracted to your brothers name??
I did however, totally fall in love with Cat. And fully appreciate how much the Moon River melody featured throughout the film.
I’m glad I watched it as I think it’s one to tick off, but I doubt I would rush to watch it again. I am a little bit sad I didn’t know that having breakfast at Tiffany’s just meant eating a pastry outside though or I definitely would’ve done it whilst I was in New York!
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