Retro Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

By: Emily Kellas

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Just saying the title of this week’s Retro Review makes “MoonRiver” start playing in the back of my head. It conjures up images of tiny blue boxes, and a picturesque woman of strength and grace, Audrey Hepburn, standing outside of a large pane glass window eating a croissant. Breakfast at Tiffany’s may be one of Audrey Hepburn’s most beloved films. It is what really cements her at the top of classicHollywood royalty.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows freelance writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) as he moves into his new apartment building. Everything seems normal until he meets his neighbor, the eccentric and intriguing Holly Golightly (Hepburn). He gets pulled into her world of exciting parties, wacky habits, reckless abandonment, and of course a sophisticated air. But as he gets to know Ms. Golightly Paul realizes that she is indeed a bundle of neurotic and insecure nerves.

The performances of Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard are exquisite, especially Hepburn as Golightly. She adds a special sparkle, and innocence to a woman who could be mistaken for less than brilliant. It took the grace and elegance of Hepburn to make Golightly lovable, and a role model to thousands of little girls who are given the permission to dream big. Peppard plays the struggling young writer well with equal parts genuine confusion, and plausible interest.

The location shooting inNew York Cityalso brought an authenticity to the film since it seems to center around the unique sophistication only the city can bring. The social scene the film throws you in the middle of could rival the best party you’ve ever been too. The films director, Blake Edwards, even went so far as to actually get his actors rip roaring drunk during the party scene to make sure it was authentic, and crazy fun.

If you’re a fashionista this movie is one of the visual bibles for late 1950’s,early 1960’s fashion that is just to die for. From the clothing to the music Breakfast at Tiffany’s is certainly hip and flashy, even 50 years later.

If you’re a fan of film you must make sure to see this classic Audrey Hepburn masterpiece. It will have you laughing, and even perhaps idolizing Holly Golightly for her upbeat and independent persona. The film also has a terrible tendency to make every little blue box you see stop your heart from beating… just for a second, until you see that sparkle.


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