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OLD-FASHIONED ROMANTIC CRY MOVIE...,
This review is from: Breakfast at Tiffany's (DVD)
I love this film despite two major flaws. 1.) they toned down the fact that Holly Golightly is a call girl (probably to maintain Audrey Hepburn's sweet image) and 2.) the awful inclusion of Mickey Rooney as an Asian. Both blunders make me mad. However, they didn't hide the fact that George Peppard's character was a kept man by the icy Patricia Neal. Nonetheless, the film succeeds as one of the most romantic stories ever filmed. Hepburn is utterly charming and her performance would have had a more interesting shade had Holly's true means of support not been practically erased. But when we learn she's run away from a very sad family situation---we see a glimpse of the true Holly. It's also an interesting note that two people living off of others for different reasons should find each other and fall ROMANTICALLY in love. The theme "Moon River" pulls every drop of poignancy from the tear ducts as does the scene with the kitten in the rain. I'm as jaded as they come and that scene gets me every time. I always choke up. This is a great film but could have been greater if the more adult aspects of the story had just been played out. Still I recommend this for lovers of shamelessly romantic movies. You really can't go wrong with this charmer.
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Initial post: Jul 6, 2011 1:24:31 PM PDT
Mr. C. J. King says:
but if you want it authentic just read the book - the whole marrying 'Doc' Golightly just to keep Fred safe is far more real in the book - but who cares the film is a genuine masterpiece.
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Posted on Aug 22, 2012 9:55:41 AM PDT
James W. Susky says:
Your review makes me wonder if a more moody, more serious, and more faithful rendering of Capote's short novel wouldn't be a fine independent film - perhaps even an "update" to the current day.
As one who was born in 1958, this film (and work of fiction) are "before my time". However, I never mistook Rooney's extreme character to be "Asian" - but clearly a Japanese caricature. See my comment to Mr. Amith's review above.
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