Director: Blake Edwards
Original Release: 1961
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Based on Truman Capote's novella of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany's is hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. Holly is a society girl in New York, living off of the generosity of her dates - not quite a prostitute and not quite a kept woman either as she never seems to sleep with any of them. Paul (George Peppard), most definitely a kept man himself, moves in upstairs. The two become friends and gradually fall in love.
My favorite scene is the only one that actually takes place inside the jewelry store Tiffany's. Out on a day of adventure, Holly and Paul are in search of a $10 gift. The exchange with the store clerk, played by John McGiver in a brilliant dead-pan, is hysterically funny.
The story and characters are tied together wonderfully in the movie's musical theme, the song "Moon River" by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. I'm a sucker for Huck Finn references and the song is dripping with them. Are Holly and Paul equal to Huck and Jim on the raft? Well, no. But the lonely romance of life's journey is certainly a shared theme for the two stories.
- Mickey Rooney's portrayal of cranky neighbor I.Y. Yunioshi is obnoxious, offensive, ridiculous, inappropriate, insensitive and just about any other negative adjective you could heap on to the pile. There's just no getting around it. It was wrong in 1961 and it's wrong now. We stopped the movie to talk about offensive stereotypes when he first came on screen.
- We also warned Our Girl ahead of time that Holly is not always very nice to her cat.