Breakfast at Tiffany's [DVD] 
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A young New York writer sponsored by a wealthy woman falls in love with the charming, impulsive and eccentric call girl that lives n ext door. Based on a story by Truman Capote. The winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Song.
No film better utilises Audrey Hepburn's flighty charm and svelte beauty than this romantic adaptation of Truman Capote's novella. Hepburn's urban sophisticate Holly Golightly, an enchanting neurotic living off the gifts of gentlemen, is a bewitching figure in designer dresses and costume jewellery. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbour, a struggling writer and "kept" man financed by a steely older woman (Patricia Neal). His growing friendship with the lonely Holly soon turns to love and threatens the delicate balance of both of their compromised lives. Taking liberties with Capote's bittersweet story, director Blake Edwards and screenwriter George Axelrod turn New York into a city of lovers and create a poignant portrait of Holly, a frustrated romantic with a secret past and a hidden vulnerability. Composer Henry Mancini earned Oscars for the hit song "Moon River" and his tastefully romantic score. The only sour note in the whole film is Mickey Rooney's demeaning performance as the apartment's Japanese manager, an offensively overdone stereotype even in 1961. The rest of the film has weathered the decades well. Edwards's elegant yet light touch, Axelrod's generous screenplay and Hepburn's mix of knowing experience and naivety combine to create one of the great screen romances and a refined slice of high-society bohemian chic. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It took many years before I came to appreciate what a great film Breakfast at Tiffany's is. The film, of course, is nearly 50 years old and a modern audience must judge the film's weaknesses - and there are a few - within the context of its time. Nowadays mothers would be warning their sons, rather than their daughters, about the dangers of falling for a seemingly hopeless and self-seeking girl like Ms Golightly. Psychologists no doubt will say that Paul was suffering from a rescuer complex and was on a hiding to nothing. Well, in the real world, perhaps.Read more ›
There are obvious flaws with the film, the main one being that Audrey Hepburn is just too prim and proper to be believable as an escort/call girl (only subtly hinted at but obvious to an adult audience). Truman Capote purportedly wanted Marilyn Monroe in the Holly Golightly role and she would have been a better fit (think "The Seven Year Itch") but the utter charm and visual style of the movie makes you forget the shortcomings and just enjoy.
How sad that George Peppard is now most famous as Hannibal Smith in the A-Team. He is a handsome leading man in this with a real movie star charisma - and he can act better than I remembered.
They truly don't (because they can't) make them like this anymore.
Based on a Truman Capote story, Hepburn plays a New York call girl consumed by her own delusions. She is a fake, but a genuine one: she has fled some mysterious past, lives from day to day, and dreams of marriage to some millionaire and the Prince Charming route to upward mobility and respectability. Until her dreams come true, she lives with her fantasies, bored, unable even to bother to name her cat.
Peppard is an unproductive writer who makes a living as the kept plaything of an older, rich, married woman. He moves in to the same apartment block as Hepburn, and quickly falls for her charms. Hepburn, of course, is irresistible. No nudity, no sex scenes, everything coy and 'decent', but Hepburn simply sizzles. 'Irresistible' hardly does her justice.
The film has aged somewhat - the 1961 party scenes and social mores look quaint. The sleaziness of the principals' lifestyle is barely commented upon. But "Breakfast at Tiffany's" retains a magnetism of its own. A lightweight romantic comedy, a bit sentimental and sexually sanitised, it remains a compulsive, entertaining tale. It has magical moments - Hepburn, of course, established Holly as an iconic figure of the 60's, and you wonder why George Peppard never recaptured the presence he exerts throughout this film, but watch out for a marvellous little cameo sequence in Tiffany's. Watch out, also, for an appalling comedy role by Mickey Rooney, playing a Japanese caricature which would probably be banned today.Read more ›
I much preferred the book which was quite brilliantly written for such a short Novella.
The film was a very nice watch in many ways, but for me was severely compromised by the quite dreadful character of Yunishi, played by Mickey Rooney. The character and acting are mind-numbingly awful, in fact, totally cringworthy and one of the worst portrayals in a film that I’ve ever seen. I am not talking of a racist slant here. This character does not figure in the book – Thank God!
Both lead characters in the film, though not in the book, are ‘kept’ people who have to occasionally offer sex to survive financially – this for me was another weakness in the storyline of the film.
The best thing about the film is undeniably the writing of ‘Moon River’ for the score, that went on to win an Academy Award – it is still one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Both the film and Hepburn won Golden Globes.
Like some on here, I too found Hepburn’s portrayal as good, though not particularly sexy or outstanding. I think another lead may have offered more of a sexual attraction to her sugar daddies? She came across to me as a little girl lost and very naïve, and not as a sophisticated siren with real pulling power.
The film won its awards and turned a 2.4 million dollar make into a 14 million grossing. It was an undeniable success in every way. It scores well on IMDB & RT - 8/10.
I moderately enjoyed it but I’d rather read the book as it’s much more believable.
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Not really a love film but an account of a strange and stylish feckless woman growing up. Still fresh. Hepburn is delicious. Best party scene in any film. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
This was a replacement DVD after my old B@T DVD got stuck in a player. Perfect quality film, with nice added extra features to watch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AEP
I read the book before I saw this. I hate films that change the ending of the book.Published 1 month ago by facwless