Roughly based on Truman Capotes novel, the 1961 American film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, was written by George Axelrod and directed by Blake Edwards. With a budget of 2.5 Million dollars, the producers we able to pull some of the biggest stars of that time including Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen and Mickey Rooney. The story was filmed and set in New York City in the early 60s. Although this film was not based on true events, it is considered a classic Rom-Com and touching fantasy.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is about a young, single woman by the name of Holly Golightly. Holly, being played by Audrey Hepburn, is currently living the typical life of a 1960s New Yorker. Every morning she gets all dolled up in her long black dresses or pastel pedal pushers, grabs a coffee and bagel from a stand outside the lobby, and walks a few blocks until she arrives at Tiffanys Jewelers. From the time she leaves her one bedroom apartment she shares with her no name cat, up to the time she arrives at the stores luxurious double doors, she carries herself with such sophistication and grace. She stops at the large windows of the infamous New York jewelry shop and enjoys her morning meal, developing the title, Breakfast at Tiffanys. This film was the store, Tiffanys, first appearance in a movie and was great advertisement for the shop. The introduction to this film gives a bit of insight as to how important self-image, self-dependence, and materials are to Mrs. Golightly. Her character is extremely complex, though. Throughout the movie, she grows from eating her breakfast while admiring the most expensive adornments of that time, to kissing in the rain with a man shes just met after giving her no name slob of a cat a home and identity. She develops a sense of spontaneity as well as care for others.
During the film, Holly meets a writer by the name of Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard. Paul has just moved into Hollys apartment building and the writer soon falls for her charm and undeniable beauty. Paul, being such a young, handsome dapper has the same effect on Mrs. Golightly, even if she may not admit it. As you can see, the producers and writers have set the perfect scene for romantic inquiries as well as a great opportunities for laughter between Mrs. Golightlys scatterbrained life and the angry, foreign landlord.
Although the film is not based on any historical events, the writer and director give great insight as to how life in the sixties were for young New Yorkers as well as established Entrepreneurs. In the famous party scene, Mrs. Golightly hosts a rowdy drinking social in her apartment complex. From the groups style to the ladies vintage cigarette holders, you can see just what these lively individuals were all about: money, parties, and unrealistic love.
After Holly forms a friendship that soon develops into a romance with Paul, her past comes up and her rural roots and farm based childhood is exposed. She learns that self-image is not everything after Paul surprisingly still loves her, regardless of her lies and not yet divorced, but ignored, husband. She claims to be a free spirit whom needs no one but in fact, she longs for a future with Mr. Varjak. Her no name cat is just her own image of herself. She feels as if she is undeserving of anyones love and it is completely unnecessary for her to even have a name. At the end of the movie, Holly and Paul express their feelings for one another and she finally finds peace with herself, accepting the fact that someone does love her and she is a significant human. The writers show this change with the symbolization of naming the cat and leaving open for assumption, Paul, Holly, and the cats happily ever after. Being some of the biggest stars of that time, Audrey and George had no problem fully committing to this movie considering this was not either of their first big hits. The director also did a fantastic job with the flow of the story as well as the location picked for every scene.
Overall, I love the message of the movie as well as the accuracy of social life and standards in that time and location. Young women especially have been moved by the film and inspired by the elaborate character, Holly Golightly. This movie is perfect if you are interested in light hearted, romantic movies as well as classics. The movie provides an adequate balance of comic relief and clich頬ove in the unlikeliest of places.