Yesterday’s review focused on the hopelessly sloppy Oscar Madison and the prissy Felix Unger, the unlikely New York City roommates in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” For a very different look at a New York City apartment dweller, consider the Academy Award winning “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which was released in 1961. The movie is based on a novella by Truman Capote.
In “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn) is a sublimely elegant young woman who lives in an apartment in New York City with her cat, Cat. Holly uses and is used by men. Because of her charming ways and her sublime elegance, she can make money by being a professional date. Also, she gets paid to visit a mobster, Sally Tomato (played by Alan Reed), who is serving time at Sing Sing and uses their visits to convey a weekly message to his counterparts on the outside. One day, Holly meets Paul Varjak (played by George Peppard), a writer who lives in the same building. Paul spends a lot of his time with an older, clearly wealthy woman (played by Patricia Neal). Holly nicknames him Fred since he reminds her of her brother. As Holly and Paul get to know each other, they fall in love. But the complexities inherent in the ways they support themselves undermine their relationship.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has a very effective screenplay, which earned an Oscar nomination. It is both funny and serious. We feel sorry for Holly when bad things start happening to her.
Audrey Hepburn is excellent in the lead role. She brings a lot of charm to the character. Her performance earned a well-deserved Academy Award nomination. George Peppard is also strong as Paul, who finds himself falling for her.
Aside from supporting character Mickey Rooney’s foray into Asian stereotypes, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a very enjoyable film. It is a must-see for fans of Audrey Hepburn.