Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

- by Valentina Alexander

n Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey Hepburn is cute as a button. Elegant, yet spunky, the infamous Holly Golightly (Hepburn) stays classy at all times when tramping the street of New York with glamour. The film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, is a timeless classic that everyone should watch at one point in their life. The movie displays ripe humor and moments of sheer despair as Holly goes about her life in a Diva manner. From unforgettable costumes, to unique cinematography, Breakfast at Tiffany's excels at everything.

Holly, living in a fashionable apartment in New York City, has an orange cat without a name, modern furniture, and designer clothing. Filled in a world of wild crazy parties, romance, and shopping, Holly often finds herself stuck with the "mean reds" which are her version of the blues. The only thing that helps eliminate them is to hop into a cab and go to Tiffany's; the over-the-top, Taj Mahal of fashion accessories. Struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), living in the apartment below, has an older decorator lady friend who works late hours in his apartment and gives him checks once a week. Together, Holly and Paul uncover each others old wounds, and embark on a glamorous adventure. Holly searching for the richest man in America, while Paul (or Fred as Holly calls him) seeks the true story to Holly's past and finds his muse and, through her story, his writing comes alive.

Fred observes Holly's open and spontaneous lifestyle and is soon intrigued. In public she's the life of the party but when caught alone she becomes vulnerable and troubled, but still suave. Holly has no job; her main source of income is provided, when on the town, by her many older gentlemen friends who Holly calls Rats, and who give her $50.00 for the powder room. Every Thursday Holly takes a day trip to Sing Sing where she meets ex-narcotics king-pin Salvatore "Sally Tomato". Sally gives her the 'weather report' which she carries to Mr. O'Shaunessy at Hamburger Heaven. Fred notices that the reports seem to sound like some sort of secret code but Holly insists that there is no problem; she's been taking care of herself for a long time, so Fred drops the matter. Swept up in concern and confusion, Fred soon comes to realize that he is in love with Holly and tries to learn how to tame this 'wild thing'. The further Fred digs into Holly's mind; the more he tries to either adapt to Holly's wild demeanor, or to eliminate it completely. While doing so, Fred sees how he himself is living by practically the same means as Holly. Watching Holly's mistakes, he becomes more grown-up and slowly decides he's had it with that life style. Hoping to pull Holly out of it too, he slowly implies that they both need a change and that they can do so together.

This is my top favorite movie that I would recommend to anyone, and I got so into it that I went out and bought a copy of Truman Capote's book that the story is based on. I devoured it. From my "Holly" Halloween costume, to my various doodles and drawings depicting scenes from the film, I could easily call myself a cult fan. If you love the movie and characters as much as I do, I would recommend the Breakfast at Tiffany's Anniversary Edition DVD. It's jam-packed with bonus features explaining everything from the timeless hairstyles, the jewelry, and even a section about Audrey Hepburn herself. Everyone I've talked to absolutely adores this movie and claim it to be one of the best they've ever seen. From amazing characters to vivid art-direction, this film brings you closer to yourself and a way of life that works without being too depressing. Filled with wit, spunk, and charm, Breakfast at Tiffany's will stay with you for a life time.

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