Moon River Over Manhattan (Film Review: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”)

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The movie that launched an icon: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Capturing a time, a place and a sensibility that can never be duplicated. At times silly but the sentiment always did and always will prevail. A triumph.


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On this date in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released, and it has to this day remained one of the most beloved films in the annals of movie history. It’s a bittersweet love story set against the burgeoning era of the swinging 60’s in New York City. A time when it wasn’t shocking for young single women to live on their own, date multiple men and even think twice before shedding all that freedom for marriage and motherhood.

Audrey Hepburn is Holly Golightly, a buoyant and exuberant woman whose singular credo in life seems to be: have as much fun as possible and avoid all things and anyone who will tie you down. And don’t let your sad personal past get in the way of escaping from it. Holly dates a lot and throws wild parties in her shabby apartment. And when she feels down, she takes a taxi to Tiffany’s and it does the trick because, as everyone knows, “Nothing bad ever happens at Tiffany’s.” When a handsome young writer, George Peppard, moves in upstairs, it’s just a matter of time before Holly’s philosophy of life is put to the test.



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From the opening shot of an early dawn cab descending on Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue, to the lonely strains of Henry Mancini’s Moon River (the title theme of the movie), the spell is cast. As silly and dated as this story and the characters may seem – in hindsight – nothing can eradicate the enormously winning combination of elements that made an entire world fall in love with Holly, and Audrey. This film tugs at the heart strings more than most, and Hepburn was never more luminous in a role.

Everyone knows Breakfast at Tiffany’s was loosely based on the novel of the same name by none other than Truman Capote (In Cold Blood). And who’s to say if the movie would have so captured a permanent place in the collective heart of audiences through the years if the character of Holly Golightly would have been adapted more faithfully to the screen from the original page? It’s anybody’s guess but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a modern classic, oft copied but never replicated. Nobody would dare.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is presently streaming on Amazon Prime.

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