Breakfast At Tiffany's
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Winner of two Oscars®, here's the romantic comedy that sparkles like diamonds! From the opening strains of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's haunting, Oscar®-winning song "Moon River," you'll once again be under the alluring spell of that madcap, carefree New York playgirl known as Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in this 24-carat romantic comedy based on Truman Capote's best-selling novella. George Peppard is the struggling and "sponsored" young writer who finds himself swept into Holly's dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhattan for a suitable millionaire to marry. The sparkling special features on this Anniversary Edition DVD only add to the luster of director Blake Edwards' timeless film classic. Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney co-star; Mancini won an additional Academy Award® for his enthralling musical score.
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Audrey Hepburn plays, ....well more Audrey Hepburn really.
We are supposed to believe men are beating a path to her door as some sort of successful call-girl, but she comes across as an unstable anorexic beatnik. I wasn't sure if she was trying to put angst into her shallow performance, ...or was it just that she hadn't eaten for a week? There's no characterisation here, ...just Hepburn as you've seen her in every other movie she's been in.
George Peppard is hardly "leading man" material. He just looks quite uncomfortable with the lines he's forced to say.
He tries restraint but it comes across as constipation.
But the killer for me was the inclusion of Mickey Rooney as the irate "Japanese"(?) upstairs neighbour!
Rooney gives one, if not THE most racially offensive performances since Al Jolson black-faced up to sing "Mammy"!
Complete with stereotypical glasses like the bottoms of coke bottles, buck teeth and the corniest of accents, I simply cannot believe how his gross and insulting turn ever made it to the screen!
Surely an Asian actor could have been employed to give just a little dignity to the role?
I never found Rooney to be anything great as an actor but this time it's just NOT funny in the extreme!!!
I kid you not! It had me squirming at first, then angry!
I'm surprised his repeated turn didn't set off another bombing of Pearl Harbour!
The marmalade cat puts in probably the best performance, but THAT inane song gets way too much play, ....just what the hell is a "huckleberry friend"?
Yes, I know this a was something of a "hit" back when, but now it's dated in the extreme.
I just wanted to slap Holly Golightly or whatever her idiotic monicker was, ...and HARD!
(Particularly when she tries to chuck drama and carry on like some spoiled two year old brat.)
You just cannot understand why the Peppard character even wants to know her, much less "rescue" her.
Enjoy the iconic opening shot of Hepburn in the black dress getting out of the New York cab in the early morn and having her "breakfast at Tiffanys" out of a paper bag, but for me that's about it.
I just didn't care for any of the characters at all, and Rooney just leaves a VERY bad taste in your mouth.
Two stars for me, .....neither of which are for Rooney, ....and I never want to hear that imbecilic Mancini saccharine song again!!!
Furthermore, while people seem to find Holly's dialogue cute, I found Hepburn's performance flighty and really annoying. Her attempt at a Southern accent during her big scene with Buddy Ebsen is quite laughable.
There's a high pitched, gossipy tone to a lot of the film's dialogue (particulaly, during the party scene) that drives me up the wall. I get the sense that Capote was indeed writing from his personal experience, but why should anyone care about these people's amoral, superficial lives? The development of the romance between the two leads is pretty unrealistic (the shoplifting scene is especially lovely! How romantic!), and Holly's big epiphany at the end of the film is not the least bit believable.
Much has been said about Mickey Rooney's potrayal of Mr. Yunioshi. Even given allowances that Americans were less sensitive about racial depictions 50 years ago, it's impossible to watch Rooney's antics here through 21st century eyes without feeling totally appalled and embarassed. (By the way, Mr. Rooney, I don't need to be "forgiven" for hating your performance). It's enough in and of itself to toss the movie into the historical trash bin. This just adds some extra sour frosting to this stale cake of a film.
Even if Rooney's scenes were edited out, you'd still end up with a ridiculous movie that would barely past muster as a TV movie on the Lifetime Channel. To any men out there: your significant other will owe you BIG TIME if she makes you sit through this.