Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Breakfast At Tiffany's"

I am aware that "Breakfast At Tiffany's" is a well known picture and most people have seen it. But being that it is one of my favorites, and one of the first oldie films I ever saw, I am going to blog about it anyways. Where to start..The costumes? The actors? The music? New York? The scene where Audrey takes ballerina slippers from the fridge? I guess I can just start at the beginning.

No, it's not Friday yet, but how cute is this Italian movie poster?

If you have read the book you know Audrey plays Holly Golightly, a prostitute lesbo who does drugs and swears too much. In the movie, Audrey plays Holly Golightly, a "call girl" who drinks parties all the time and gets $50 to go to the "powder room". She walks the streets of NY in the early hours.

Holly makes the walk of shame look good!

After a night on the town she meets Paul Fred Baby, a new neighbor who has a sugar momma (darling Patricia Neal).

We learn that Holly sleeps neked, dates a lot of men, visits criminals in prison, and looses her shoes.

I never tire of the bathtub sofa.

Later on, Holly pops into Fred's place and they have a PG sleep over. We learn that Fred's lady pays his bills and Holly, understands. She understands completely.

Holly throws a party and Fred learns more about his wacky neighbor and her friends.

Time goes by and Fred listens to Holly sing. He then learns that Holly has a past with some baggage and she is in the midst of sorting it out. 

Once she is through with that, Holly and Paul go on a free fun day. They steal from the 5 and dime, visit Tiffany's, and canoodle in the library.

 After a make out sesh, Holly continues her quest to marry up. She starts dating rich Brazilian Jose and Fred is jealous.

She tells Fred she is getting hitched and moving to Brazil. She gets ready.

Well we all know that relationship doesn't last and Holly and Fred are destined to be together.

So much goes on in this film and it is jam packed with great actors such as Buddy Ebsen and Mickey Rooney. The late Blake Edwards wonderfully directs this film with a cute and funny story line. I just don't know how someone could not like this film. (Monty, are you reading this?)

Marilyn Monroe was supposed to play Holly, and I thank the lucky stars she was eventually veto-ed for Audrey, who always felt she was miscast.

"Moon River" was almost taken out of the film, George Peppard was said to be a pain in the ass to work with, Audrey hated eating danish pastries, and they needed 9 cats for the film, but it worked. It was nominated for 5 Oscars, but only won 2 for Henry's musical work.

Oh, and lets not forget the ballerina slippers in the fridge...


Craig Wingard said...

This was one of the first Old Hollywood movies I seen as well, and it wasnt a bad one to start with. Thanks for a great post!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post ! :)

Sugandha said...

Amazing post. I love this movie. It's eternal, surely. Thanks for this piece! <3