Friday, August 26, 2011

#385. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Directed By: Blake Edwards

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal

Tag line: "Audrey Hepburn plays that daring, darling Holly Golightly to a new high in entertainment delight!"

Trivia:  Tiffany's opened its doors on a Sunday for the first time since the 19th century so that filming could take place inside the store

I wonder if it’s possible to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s and not fall in love with Audrey Hepburn? It certainly wasn’t for me. From the opening scene, when she cocks her head slightly to one side while peering through the window of Tiffany’s jewelry store, I knew I was a goner. 

Holly Golightly (Hepburn) is an erratic New York playgirl who enjoys the finer things in life, and hopes to find a rich man who'll supply them for her on a regular basis. Paul (George Peppard) has just recently moved upstairs from Holly, occupying a room that’s being paid for by "2-E" (Patricia Neal), a wealthy older woman with whom he’s having an affair. Yet, despite his relationship with "2-E", Paul falls deeply in love with Holly, and is the only one who recognizes that her outward bravado masks a frightened, lonely existence. Paul wants nothing more than to take Holly away from it all, but will Holly's never-ending quest for the security of wealth prevent her from ever experiencing true love? 

More than just gorgeous, Audrey Hepburn is positively enchanting in Breakfast at Tiffany's, lighting up the screen whenever she strolls across it, and regardless of what she may be wearing at the time (the morning she first meets Paul, Holly’s dressed in nothing more than a plain, oversized night shirt, yet is still alluring enough to catch his eye). Aside from her physical beauty, Holly Golightly’s bubbly personality and zest for life is also endearing, giving one the impression that she doesn't have a care in the world. But as we come to learn, Holly does have her share of problems, such as her inability to make a commitment of any kind. In every aspect of her life, no matter how trivial or insignificant a relationship might be, Holly prefers there be no strings attached, which allows her to keep everyone at an emotional arms length. There are times in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, however, when Holly lets her guard down, like when she receives an unexpected visit from her estranged hillbilly husband, Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen), who’s been trying to track her down for years. Doc represents a past the young socialite would just as soon forget, yet the moment she sees him standing in the hallway, Holly throws her arms around him and greets him warmly. For that one, brief moment, we see the real Holly Golightly shining through. 

Audrey Hepburn’s wonderful screen presence makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s an enthralling film. Her manner, her personality, even her winning smile are picture perfect, and I, for one, was totally captivated by her charms. Odds are, if you’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.


nnn said...

To answer the question at the beginning, no, you can't help from falling in love with her. It's impossible.

DVD Infatuation said...

Hello, and thanks for stopping by!

I figured as much, but still, it's nice to know there are others who fell under her spell!