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Audrey Hepburn Collection (Breakfast at Tiffany's / Roman Holiday / Sabrina)
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Includes the films Breakfast At Tiffany's, Roman Holiday and Sabrina.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
No film better utilizes Audrey Hepburn's flighty charm and svelte beauty than 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
Maybe it doesn't quite live up to its sterling reputation, and maybe the leading man and director were slightly miscast. But who cares? Roman Holiday is the film that brought Audrey Hepburn to prominence, and the world movie audience went weak at the knees. The endlessly charming Hepburn had her first starring role in this sweet romance, playing a European princess on an official tour through Rome. Frustrated by her lack of connection to the real world, she slips away from her protective handlers and goes on a spree, aided by a tough-guy news reporter (Gregory Peck). Director William Wyler, more at home with such heavy-going, Oscar-winning classics as The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben- Hur, doesn't always keep the champagne bubbles afloat, and the Peck role would have fit Cary Grant like a silk glove. But the film is great fun, the location shooting is irresistible, and Hepburn embodies an image of chic style that would rule for the rest of the fifties. No coincidence: she won an Oscar, and so did veteran costume designer Edith Head. --Robert Horton
Audrey Hepburn is the delightful young Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur who is hopelessly in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), the playboy younger son in the rich Long Island household her father works for. In order to help her forget her woes, Sabrina is shipped off to cooking school in Paris. While there, she befriends a baron who provides a bit of culture--and the encouragement to snip off her childlike ponytail. Upon her return to New York, Sabrina is transformed into a sophisticated woman, and David is entranced by her. However, his older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) has arranged David's marriage to Elizabeth Tyson in order to seal a business merger and thus must steer David away from Sabrina. To do this, Linus takes on the task of wooing her for himself. Full of great dialogue ("A woman happy in love, she burns the soufflé; a woman unhappy in love, she forgets to turn on the oven") and wonderful performances, this film is a romantic masterpiece. Also enjoyable is the 1995 remake, starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. --Jenny Brown
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I used to see some of her films growing up on TV, and I'm glad to have been able to see them in all their original print glory, because the image does look pretty good. But again, not exactly the kind of stories I care for.
My all time favorite Audrey Hepburn movie is My Fair Lady, but it doesn't come with this collection. However, Roman Holiday is a close second. It's no surprise that this elegant and amusing movie shot her to fame, and there could hardly be a better pairing than her and Gregory Peck. For all its lightness, its ending is always surprisingly powerful, especially in today's world when to deny oneself anything, let alone the love of one's life, for any reason, is an alien concept.
Sabrina is pure, delicious fun. And, as usual, Humphrey Bogart, perhaps one of the most unlikely leading men in Hollywood history manages to pull off this role. An anecdote from the making of this movie: Bogart was asked what he thought of Hepburn and he said, "She's all right if you like sixteen takes." Only Bogie could maintain such a cynical attitude in the face of Hepburn's piquant charm.
Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn's first movie, and it's also my favorite. She and her costars, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert, were all superb. The supporting cast was excellent as well. Audrey plays a young princess on a whirlwind goodwill tour of Europe who takes a day off to play hooky in Rome.
Sabrina was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I still love it, but I find myself wishing they had cast someone else in the male lead. The rest of the cast could not have been better. Sabrina is the chauffeur's daughter who has a crush on the son of the wealthy Larrabee family. She is sent to school in Paris, and she returns as a sophisticated, stylish young woman.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is not my favorite movie, but I still enjoy watching Audrey Hepburn in it. Much of the rest of the cast was odd, although the party scene was wonderful.
I did have a problem with the first set I ordered. All three DVDs are enclosed in one DVD case, and two of the DVDs had come loose inside the case. They were rattling around when they arrived, and they were badly scratched. It was not the shipper's fault.
The replacement process went quickly and smoothly. Amazon provided a return label for the damaged order, and they shipped the replacement right away. I received the replacement two days later, and I am happy now. The new DVD case has issues; the inside leaf is falling out, but the DVDs are undamaged, and I am content. I gave only 4 stars because of the problems with the case design; otherwise, I'd have given it 5 stars-- picky, picky.
Roman Holiday co-stars Gregory Peck as a newspaperman who encounters Hepburn, a princess on a publicity tour who escapes her handlers. When Peck discovers who she is, he senses a great story. The Princess had led a sheltered life, so Peck takes her on a whirlwind, fun-filled tour of Rome. During all their adventures Peck falls in love with Hepburn, which puts a crimp in his story. Alas, all fairy tales must end, and Hepburn returns to her handlers to continue her tour.
Sabrina isn't as satisfying. Sabrina (Hepburn) grows up next door to brothers William Holden and Humphrey Bogart, part of a rich family famous for their parties. Hepburn has a terrible crush on Holden, but to him she's just the little girl next door. When Hepburn returns after a stay in Paris, Holden doesn't recognize her and, being the playboy he is, hits on her. Eventually a romance begins--one Bogart is determined to end. Instead, he becomes bewitched by Sabrina's charms, and he doesn't know how to handle it. Eventually he reaches the point where he has to commit or lose her. Unfortunately there's little chemistry between Hepburn and Bogart, who I thought was too old for her.
Top international reviews
The trio of movies presents the svelte beauty in three rather different roles that characterise her scope of art quite well. “Sabrina” and “Funny Face” are slightly similar in conveying Audrey’s character transformation from an understated “grey mouse” to the stylish young lady. Opposite her in these two films are the great bards of the cinema - Humphrey Bogart and William Holden in Sabrina, and musical star Fred Astaire In Funny Face. Although Sabrina, directed by Billy Wilder, is arguably the best of the bunch (directed by far by the best director of the three, the legendary Billy Wilder, who directed Hepburn once more, and again in Paris-based movie, the charming Love in the Afternoon featuring Gary Cooper), is it now much less known than Blake Edward’s classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Based on the brilliant novella by Truman Capote, Hepburn plays a hooker (which is not openly stated in the movie - no wonder, given the still strict morals of very early 1960’s) and the real nature of the character is trumped by her trademark chic look by Givenchy, which influenced countless women and made her an immortal fashion icon.
Funny Face is the most trifle-like movie of the three, but still includes Audrey as a dancer, which she never quite repeated. The crucial dancing scene is so good that it was quoted wholesale 33 years later by Whitney Houston (who was also not that great dancer) in her music video to I’m Your Baby Tonight.
The Funny Face disc includes an interesting documentary about Paramount Studios in the 1950's, Sabrina disc includes a document about how the film was made, plus some rare photos from the shooting. Breakfast at Tiffany's, sadly, is without extras here (besides trailer). Overall, though, a good value-for-money set.
Great films and excellent value when you consider the cost of buying one of these films individually.