Breakfast at Tiffany's
50th Anniversary Edition
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“I’m crazy about Tiffany’s...Nothing very bad could happen to you there!” For the first time ever, this meticulously restored screen gem is available on Blu-ray™. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) delights audiences as the carefree ingénue searching Manhattan for a dream millionaire to marry. George Peppard plays the struggling, “sponsored” young writer who gets swept away in Holly’s chaotic-yet-enchanting lifestyle. Directed by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria), this two-time Oscar®-winning film features Henry Mancini’s honored score*, as well as his and Johnny Mercer’s Academy Award®-winning song, “Moon River.”
*Winner: Best Music – Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, 1961. Winner: Best Music (Song), 1961.
No film better utilizes Audrey Hepburn's flighty charm and svelte beautythan 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 jewelry. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbor, 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 naiveté combine to create one of the great screen romances and a refined slice of high society bohemian chic. --Sean Axmaker
- Original Theatrical Trailer (HD) - Commentary by Producer Richard Shepherd
- A Golightly Gathering (HD)
- Henry Mancini: More Than Music (HD)
- Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective (HD)
- The Making of a Classic
- It's So Audrey: A Style Icon
- Behind the Gates: The Tour
- Brilliance in a Blue Box
- Audrey's Letter to Tiffany
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Some people are too shallow to understand movies like this, and you can see that in the one-star comments.
Just to help some folks understand, the title Breakfast at Tiffany's refers to Holly's belief that at Tiffany's "nothing bad can ever happen to you."
It's a central theme of the movie... the need for security and safety.
Many go to New York to seek their fortune - "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere". The film is dated in that Holly wants to make her fortune not on Wall Street, or in real estate, fashion, or on the stage - but by marrying a rich husband.
But the story of moving to the big city and trying to find fortune and happiness is a timeless one. Truman Capote suffuses Holly with his own troubled existence as master party host - but finding little joy the in the party music, pointless conversations, and endless gossip.
Will love triumph and lead to a happy-ever-after ending? Or will the film end in new world, new age angst?
Despite its dark passages, Breakfast at Tiffany's remains a film that everyone who loves the cinema should see.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S won Hank Mancini a pair of music Oscars. Audrey Hepburn also was nominated for Best Actress.
There's many legends (some verifiable) surrounding this classic drama:
1.) Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to play call girl Holly, but she thought the role would be bad for her image.
2.) Jean Seberg and Kim Novak were considered for Holly before the film's producers decided on Miss Hepburn.
3.) Steve McQueen was offered George Peppard's part but was unavailable.
4.) The film doesn't follow Truman Copote's story.
5.) It DOES follow his story.
6.) 19-year-old Holly likes herb, has a dirty mouth, once terminated a pregnancy and dates both men and women.
7.) Her brother Fred also isn't "straight."
And so on.
Sight aione verifies the obvious:
Hepburn's rare beauty is ideally enhanced by an exquisitely accessorized black sheath dress. Mr. Peppard is equally as pulchritudinous and they make a gorgeous couple. Their bittersweet rainy alleyway scene at story's end is one of the most emotional moments in cinematic history.
Mickey Rooney is highly annoying (and incredibly un-P.C.) in his comic relief role as a mule-toothed, Coke bottle eyeglass-wearing Oriental. Buddy Ebsen defines acting perfection as Holly's abandoned husband, come from the country to NYC to bring his "Lullamae" home.
Blake Edwards' early masterpiece is a complex tale of a mercurial young lady who freely accepts cash gifts from men, is most at ease in overcrowded, swinging cocktail parties, and at her neurotic worst when alone with the one man she's attracted to, a handsome young author of a single book who struggles to write anything new. Theirs is a beautiful love story with tragic overtones that's one of this reviewer's all-time favorite movies. Highest recommendation!
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(7.8) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - Audrey Hepburn/George Peppard/Patricia Neal/Buddy Ebsen/Martin Balsam/John McGiver/Alan Reed/Stanley Adams/Mickey Rooney (uncredited: Nino Tempo/Mel Blanc)
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