Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Blake Edward’s iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany‘s is what many describe as a classic. It features the lovely, iridescent Audrey Hepburn, and is probably one of the most fashion-forward films ever made. It is one of those films that has a sweet, sugary quality to it that can only be found in the 60s girlishness of its protagonist, Holly Golightly, who is played by Hepburn.
The film focuses on Golightly, a socialite in New York City caught between the folds of her ever problematic life and its misfortunes. She seems to seek the splendor of the New York City spotlight, but once aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves in, her character expresses the vulnerability she attempts to suppress. Through joyful escapades through department stores, and quirky stories of past lovers, Golightly becomes an undeniably loveable character that gives the film its magic. Despite all the consumerist hysteria, there seems to be a profound need for love and human interaction that draws lovers Paul Varjak and Holly together.
Given the fantastic casting of Audrey Hepburn in the center role, there’s something to be desired from George Peppard who, perhaps in the effervescence of Hepburn, seems to exist only as a meager thought. It’s unfortunate, but perhaps for the best, as the boundlessness of Audrey Hepburn in her element is hard to trump. Nevertheless, nothing can ruin this film, and the moments of hilarity, sorrow, and loneliness that surface make it both endearing and fun.
A Gallery of Images from Breakfast at Tiffany’s