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3.29.2006

Breakfast At Tiffany's


The satirized social scene of "Breakfast At Tiffany's" provides comic relief to the dark undercurrent of the lead character Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in this enjoyable film from the early 1960's. Set in Manhattan, Director Blake Edwards comic brilliance sets the off-beat, the off-hand, and the offensive, (Rooney's portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi) in frantic interplay around queen bee Holly.

The consenting socialite, Hepburn was in fine form with her portrayal of a young woman too scared to slow down and too proud to face her demons. Instead she jumps from scene to scene, savoring every delightful experience, pausing ever so rarely to adjust her hat or don her sunglasses. And then it is off to the next adventure.

Her would be suitor, Paul Varjak, or "Fred" as she calls him, is effectively played by George Peppard. While attracted by Holly, he is not enchanted. He correctly suspects Holly can't keep up the pace of her lifestyle, and this bee will eventually fall from exhaustion into his arms.

I've seen this film several times and find it quite entertaining and funny. The strange thing is, I don't even think they could make a film like this today. Society wouldn't allow it. But fortunately, we still have the original and it is as good as the day it premiered.

14 comments:

PixieGaf said...

Great pick GetFlix.

Have you seen Boondock Saints yet?

M-M-M-Mishy said...

Love, Love, Love this movie.

Audrey Hepburn is a classic and there is no one else like her today.

joy said...

Iloved her so, she was a swan.

GetFlix said...

Pixie, I am gonna watch Boondocks real soon!

Mish, she is the classic.

Joy, swan works for me!!

LA said...

I don't know how to tell you this, but GoLYTELY is the name of, um, a medicine one would use before a colonoscopy.

TheIdleReceptionist said...

You know I've never seen this film! I LOVE a Roman Holiday, though.

GetFlix said...

LA, was it around in the early 1960s, because that would be really funny. Capote wrote the original novel.

Ms. Idle, I plan on renting Roman Holiday!!

LA said...

Flixie - No clue.

jane_austen said...

This is one of my favorite movies....I was fascinated by her Ms. Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly, who was in my mind a woman who was searching for something or somewhere where she 'belonged' and yet it was as if she could never seem to find it...Audrey's gracefulness and beauty were in my mind perfect attributes to be chosen for this role, that and the fact that whe was such a top-notch actress.....The short novel by Capote was wonderful, I recommend IT!!..Thanks for the review Flix, I will have to watch my DVD it this weekend!

ffleur said...

This is a beautiful movie with the gorgous Hepburn.

When I watched this years ago I thought how does she make a living? Of course not understanding and the movie doesn't make it TOTALLY clear. She says she takes $50 bills to go powder her nose. Excuse my ignorance, is she talking about blow jobs, straight sex? Its not very clear and sort of confusing when I saw it originally as a teen. "Fred's" role as a kept man is much better illustrated.

There is also Holly's visits to the mobster in jail.That seems sort of weird and out of place because she usually hangs with artist/society types. But I fully agreed with where she came from, I believe there are women who change themselves like that and keep running from a bad past. Any explanations for these questions Flix?

But I loved her fashions and neat apartment. Its a cool film.

Kat in da Hat said...

I love this movie, but Tiffany's doesn't engrave anything you bring to them. In fact, those cheap fvckwads charge to polish the jewelry you bought there! I always felt lied to by that line...

GetFlix said...

Jane, I really want to read the novel.

Ffleur, the seediness that Holly subjects herself to as part of her lifestyle support, really stands in stark contrast to what we hold as normal. It's almost better we don't know what she does to earn her cash!!

Kat, I hear ya!! If life could only be like the movies! Or at least the ones we like!!

jane_austen said...

Flix, send me your address and I will loan you my copy! ;)

GetFlix said...

Ahhhhh, thanks Ffleur, but you don't have to do that. My dad's a bibliophile, and he has a couple of copies. I can snag one of his.

That is still super sweet of you!!