“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

I finally saw "Breakfast at Tiffany's" over the weekend.

[Go ahead, take the few minutes you need to get over the shock, do your laughing, whatever you need. I'll wait.]

I've never read Truman Capote's novella on which the film was based (I'd wait for the shock here, but I'd bet less than half of you knew the origin), but I had some thoughts I wanted to share.

The beginning of skinny? When the film was released in 1961, society was a big fan of the hourglass (yes, I'm talking female body shape here). Marilyn Monroe is the classic example, or just watch anything by Alfred Hitchcock. But Audrey Hepburn is skinny in the film. Gangly arms, shoulder blades and all. The character's estranged husband, Doc Golightly, even comments on it, but I was taken aback to see a skinny heroine in a classic film from that era.

Of course, today, skinny is the norm (though we're starting to see some fit, muscular female leads the last few years as well), but this might have been the start of that.

Fun. The party scene in Holly's apartment is far too long to make it into a film today. Which is bizarre considering how a lot of films go on and on and on, but scenes are so short today to match our short attentions. But it's so much fun. The choreography is fantastic, from the hat fire to Paul crawling for the phone and becoming a chair to Mag's passing out (and where'd they find all that space for her to fall, anyway?).

Customer service. I'm sure Tiffany's was flooded with young couples short on cash in the months after the film's release, but John McGiver's character is tactful, professional and a great example of how all customers should be treated, no matter their needs or financial status. You never know who's going to come into money or refer their wealthier friends. I know the transaction is scripted, but here's someone giving Holly and Paul a story they'll always be able to tell.

Cat. What a great addition to the film. I love that Holly doesn't feel she has the right to name the animal. I also love that at the end, it's Paul who gets out of the cab to go look for Cat. It's a great reminder of some of the important things in life.

What were your impressions of the movie?


1 Comment

  • Like you, I was late to the party. I saw this film for the first time in2011 and absolutely loved it.

    I was mesmerized by Hepburn. Although I haven’t seen another movie she’s done since. Thanks for reminding me.

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