Fave Film #3 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the theater

1961

Cast- Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

Directed by Blake Edwards

Last night my husband took me to dinner at Lola’s (for you Iron Chef America fans it is Michael Symon’s restaurant in downtown Cleveland).  We had a scrumptious dinner.  Then we went down to the Palace Theater where they were showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the big screen and hundreds of other classic movie buffs joined us.  As this is one of my favorite films it was a perfect date night. 

Holly Golightly is an escort to wealthy men and Paul Varjak a kept man who is also a writer.  When the two become neighbors a true friendship blossoms before they find themselves drawn to each other in a more physical relationship.  But Holly is a complicated woman and not one easily caught.

Why I love it- First, I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan.  I find her lovely, fascinating and beautiful.  I think I’ve seen most of her films and this is her iconic role.  Holly is a crazy mess of a girl and one that I could identify with from the very first time I saw the movie years ago.  She is such a flawed individual that I can’t help but love her. 

Before this movie I only knew George Peppard from watching the A-Team in the 80’s, so I was very surprised to see him as the good looking leading man, or ‘the shy, bookish type’ as Paul would say.  I loved his earnest portrayal of a man in love with a woman who didn’t quite love herself yet.  Every woman wants a man who won’t give up on her.

Watching it this time I loved the day they spent together doing things they had never done before, starting with champagne before breakfast and ending with them in bed.  It was a fun and playful day that really showcased their relationship.  And although there was a lot more to this movie it is ultimately a love story.

I love Holly’s style, Audrey’s singing Moon River, Cat, and the whole cab/rain scene at the end.  There really isn’t anything I don’t like about this movie.

This is loosely based on the novella by Truman Capote. 

Now watch and listen to the song that won an Oscar that year for Best Music, Original Song