Watching Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Today I felt the first signs of a cold coming on. Rather than ignore it, I decided to settle into the sofa, cuddle the dogs and get ready to watch a classic movie.
I absolutely love Audrey Hepburn movies and thought one of hers would be the perfect anecdote. And it was.
There are so many favorite aspects to this movie that I love and want to share. I did my best to keep my list succinct. And, here they are:
- Audrey’s elegance, and understated chic in her dress in the opening scene…classic
- How seemingly innocent she is, including her involvement with drug dealers
- The adorable ginger tabby cat, as Holly Golightly calls him “slob, without a name”!
- Audrey Hepburn in her super cute sleep/eye mask!
- The Breakfast At Tiffany’s song and the way she sings it sitting on her window ledge
- How she interacts with her neighbor, Paul Varjak (George Peppard)
- How she slowly let’s Paul get to know and see the real her
- At the very end of the movie when she shows how much she truly cares for “cat” (and Paul)
Holly’s a naive, vulnerable fortune hunter in New York. She vacillates between extreme highs and lows. Always running from something, and as Paul rightly points out, it’s herself.
Who Wrote Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Truman Capote is the author of this movie and he did a wonderful job of keeping it humorous and optimistic. But, if you peel the onion back a little more, there is some sadness and depth to Holly’s character.
My favorite quote in the movie is when Paul Varjak (George Peppard) gets out the taxi and says to Holly:
No matter where you run, you just keep running into yourself
~ Truman Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Capote actually wanted Marilyn Monroe to play this role, but Paramount gave the role to Audrey. They thought her more appropriate and Jackie Kennedy like, than the troubled Marilyn Monroe.
As it turns out, Audrey totally owned this role, and I can’t imagine it could have been played better by anyone else. In hindsight, I’d like to think that Capote could see that too.
There’s something about the era in which this movie set, an elegance, innocence and refinement that you don’t often see nowadays. Audrey portrayed that so well.
Funny how watching this took my mind off my sore throat. Actually, I enjoyed this movie so much that My Fair Lady is high on my list of ‘what to watch next’.
Glow with the flow