Saturday, May 3, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) (3rd time?)

Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. [imdb]

Nominated for 5 Oscars:

Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Song
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Best Art Direction, Color

Can we just forget about Mickey Rooney for a second? Looking back at his casting, director Blake Edwards said the he didn't think about the implications of casting a white actor in a role as a Japanese person, but "looking back, I wish I had never done it... and I would give anything to be able to recast it." So that's that.

The film is not perfect and neither is Audrey's performance, but they both work. It's a charming film that surprisingly stands the test of time (I feel) and there's enough elegance, likeability, charm and good acting in close-ups to make Audrey's performance feel special and somehow the right one for the film. Moonriver is a classic I've adored for years and it's perfectly used in key scenes of the film. And this picture even has cat(s), so what else do I need...

My rating for the film: 8.5/10. It's a lovely film and everyone should see it. There's depth behind all that fashion.

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