Tag: Truman Capote

January 6, 2011 / / Main Slate

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961 – dir. Blake Edwards

It is hard to believe that Breakfast at Tiffany’s is celebrating its 50th birthday this year!

Equally hard to believe is the fact that author, Truman Capote, did not want Audrey Hepburn playing Holly Golightly in the film adaptation of his 1958 novella and kept insisting that director, Blake Edwards, hire Marilyn Monroe for the role.  He thought Hepburn was a wonderful actress, and wide-eyed and fawn-in-the-woods enough to portray Holly’s sensitive, vulnerable side, but felt she lacked the edge to play a savvy Park Avenue call girl. Edwards won out and Hepburn turned out to be perfect in the part.

April 4, 2007 / / Film Notes

By Jess Wilton

The lights go down, “Moon River” begins to play, the taxi pulls up to Tiffany’s in the violet glow of a New York dawn, Holly Golightly steps out onto the deserted sidewalk, and even the most cynical, objective viewer begins to feel a bit giddy. Forty-five years after its original release, Breakfast at Tiffany’s remains a reliable source of nostalgia, sentimentality, and reckless escapism. But its staying power doesn’t lie solely in the enormously appealing, slightly twisted characters from Truman Capote’s novella, nor has it held a place in our hearts simply for in its powerful themes of urban identity crisis. These things add dimension to any great film romance, and help sustain the viewer through multiple screenings, but honest-to-goodness Hollywood spectacle constitutes the shallow soul of this valentine; The City, Audrey Hepburn, Mancini’s music, they are all so good to see and hear that they render actual content almost secondary.