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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Timeless Classic

             Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s continues to draw fans. Set in swingin’ New York City, Breakfast at Tiffany’s stars Audrey Hepburn as the irrepressible Holly Golightly, George Peppard as her “knight in shining armor” Fred, Martin Balsam as “agent” O.J. Berman, and Mickey Rooney as crotchety upstairs neighbor Yunioshi.

              Holly is a call girl, although what she actually does for money isn’t really touched on for the sake of censorship. Ever since she ran away from home with her brother at age 14, she’s been a free spirit; no one’s ever been able to pin her down, not even her husband Doc Golightly-until one day she meets her new neighbor, writer Paul Varjak ( whom she calls affectionately “Fred”- after her brother). In Paul she sees a kindred spirit. She starts running to him to escape bad dates, and she becomes his inspiration for a new story. But when he reaches out to her, she runs off, scared if she falls in love wth him she will be trapped forever. It was called Breakfast at Tiffany’s because whenver she becomes afraid(the “mean reds,” as she calls them), she gets in a cab for the Tiffany’s jewelery store and it relieves her.

                  Audrey Hepburn shines in her role as Holly.  When she tearfully puts her husband Doc ( played by Buddy Ebsen) on a grey hound back to Tulip, Texas you find yourself crying along with her. You can’t help but love this terribly flawed person.  George Peppard can’t help but be dreamy in a role as a man who wants to help Holly while he also has a few indiscretions and flaws of his own. For comic relief, we have Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi ( who reminds me slightly of Khan Souphanousinphone from the tv series  King of the Hill) who is forever being disturbed by Holly who keeps forgetting her keys; also we have Martin Balsam as O.J. Berman, the man who claims he “discovered” Holly. During a break-up of one of Holly’s parties, “Fred” and another gentleman are sneaking out through the bathroom; meanwhile, O.J. and a lady are making out in the shower. He lets them through to the window, bidding them good night. When they are finally out of the window, he casually refers to them as jewel thieves before closing the curtain, continuing the make out session.

                      Composer Henry Mancini wrote “Moon River” specifically for Audrey Hepburn’s vocal range. When a studio executive was set on cutting it from the movie, Audrey Hepburn proclaimed, “Over my dead body.”  Needless to say, it stayed in and I am glad it did. It fits in perfect with the storyline. The song can be interpretted in several ways: either about Holly and her brother Fred, or Holly and Paul. The instrumental score swells at just the right moments to get an emotional reaction.

                       If you’ve never seen an Audrey Hepburn film, see this one first and you will be hooked. Even if you don’t like her movies, you will love her in this movie. This movie is a priceless work of art, and should be enjoyed by everyone.

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