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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

In the early hours of the Morning, Holly Golightly steps out of a taxi in her iconic black dress,  pearl necklace and some black sunglasses, eating her pastry and sipping on some coffee, as she casually strolls past  the jewellery store of Tiffany and Co. , gazing at the many splendors a girl could only wish to have as her best friend.

When Holly eventually makes it back to her apartment, she finds a Sid Arbuck from her previous date, following her into the building and rushing to greet her with a confused and annoyed manner for leaving him at the party, all the while, her most rather angry (supposedly asian) neighbour upstairs shouting ” you disturb me! You must have a key made!  Holly is made prominent to be the lady that’ll go to the powder room and never return. ” Hey baby, what’s going on. You like me remember?

After some time has passed, Holly is awakened in her drunken state from her late night shenanigans to the door bell ringing. Enter Paul Varjak, the handsome new neighbour who’s just moved in to find Holly dressed only in a man’s shirt and looking rather dishevelled. “I hate to bother you but could i use the phone? “

Upon entering Into the emptiness one would expect from unpacking into a new place (Holly has lived here for a year), she stumbles across a suitcase and takes out the phone. She takes out a pair of shoes that has somehow made its way into the refrigerator and pours out some milk into a champagne glass. Paul just stares in bewilderment at what he has gotten himself into.

Be a darling and look under the bed for a pair of alligator shoes will you

Holly guards her emotions quite well from the beginning and her eccentric demeanour is justified for not feeling like she has a place to really call her own as everything feels out of place. She doesn’t know where she belongs but she is crazy about Tiffany’s. “ if i could find a real place that made me feel like Tiffany’s then..then i’d buy some furniture”. 

Her Infactuated dreams of a Tiffany home is suddenly jolted away by her knowldge of it being Thursday. She gets to her feet and hurries to get ready to visit Sally Tomato at Sing Sing. “Sing sing. A ridiculous name for a prison. I mean it sounds more like an Opera House or something “.

While Paul sits on her bed and admires her getting glamed up in a timely fashion, she explains “i’ve been going to visit him every thursday for seven months. This so called lawyer -Mr O’ Shaughnessy asked me, how’d you like to cheer up a lonely old man and pick up $100 a week at the same time”.  A man who spends his conversations with Holly in exchange for the weather forecast. No seriously it’s that innocent i tell you.

Meanwhile Paul is met by his decorator – Mrs Falenson, a seemingly wealthy older woman who seems to be  ‘painting’ her way into the long hours of his night. “$300, she’s very generous”. He is the uninspired writer who has taken to a form of ‘writers block’ with the exception of his dirty but promosing short stories. 

Their first deep conversation is found at the unusual hours of 4:30am, where Holly expresses her vunrebility to Paul as she speaks of her brother Fred who is in the army and how she needs to save money for the both of them. With a naked Paul underneath the sheets, and Holly in her white bathrobe, she slowly falls asleep on his shoulder in the utmost innocence, two bittersweet people could find themselves in, and I love the scene for the pureness of such a moment which reflects the idea of bearing all emotions in one’s true form.

I love this movie for not being an conventional romance. It focuses more on Hollys dodgy lifestyle that plays risky buisness with her heart than it does on two unlikely lovers. Stability comes first, then comes the freedom. 

It popularised the era for going boldly where one dares to go- the sexual perversion of being an escort and ‘toy- boy’ of its time, that no one would openly showcase.

 Its the epitome of wanting stability that comes at a price and wanting freedom that comes with unconditional love. It’s also admiringly easy on the eyes for being so very aestheticlly pleasing to watch. 

It’s hard not to love the dynamic between Holly and Paul even at the wrong times and the wrong places. The way he looks at her every word is very well portrayed,  even in acting, they both just seem like the couple that were  ‘meant to be’. 

The dialogue is what I cherish so fondly about the movie and the pair just work so well together. There are many loving scenes of pure bliss, where Holly and Paul take a walk through New York City, acting rather childish in some stores, putting on animal masks and walking out with them, eventually running to avoid getting caught. (Though stealing doesn’t cut being so cute in the real world ofcourse and you shouldn’t). For a brief time, they begin to enjoy the small things in life where money is no object of their affection. 

The pompous humour is what divides the ‘seedy’ reality of life. Holly is the quirky misfit that displays some unusual behaviour that speaks as much volume as her polished frame would display. “Let him start lapping up the vino and oh golly, quel beast!”.  

It’s almost like there is quite an unbalance to her status because she acts quite refined, like a polished off Tiffanys jewrelly but on closer inspection the price could mark your indecisive thoughts on it’s worth at the end.

She dons the materialistic lifestlye to escape herself from breaking down of the mess her life is known to be. She is seen to reguarly escape men from their grasp when the ‘going gets tough’, and Is expected to give away more than her good looks. She is used to being billed by the high society of men that pay her fares and her night outs, but she wants to keep her class as a respected escort which walks a mighty thin line, though she has never learned to fall in love and finds it hard to give up her heart to anyone worth trusting. 

We understand and learn from a hollywood agent- O.J Berman, that ” I’m the guy that discovered her. She had a lot of style , a lot of class but you didn’t know what she was talking about”. You know how long it took me to smooth out that accent”?, indicating that Holly was given a new identity from being an ‘oke’ to an educated socialite but indicates that she plays being the very best at being a  fraud.

Um..say Holly, which way’s the exit now?

Simarily, Paul is being looked after by his wealthy decorator who seems to have  control over him.  They are both immoraly flawed and tied up in some (unseen) but indicated sex and classy mess, although according to the novel, writer- Capote said that Golightly is not be seen as a prostitute but an ‘ American Geisha. 

Notably we only  view Holly in her most dignified way as she grasps to hold onto her own reputation when she makes her numerous escapes. “she had no job but accompanied men to the best resturants and night clubs and was obliged to recieve some sort of gifts. If she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night”. 

Paul and Holly  can’t help being close to watch the damage fall on  each other whilst they have their bitter rows every so often about their lifestyle, all the while sugar coated in a sophisticated manner which is highly intrguing to watch. 

It’s a heartwarming story set on an  unconventional romance one can only dream to find amongest such a grim financial situation, where one blinds away from such fantasies. It is charming in the unusual manner where two lonely people with the same flaws get their wires crossed in a challenging love interest. 

They have not fallen far from the same tree, where Pauls extends a little more in finding his heart with Holly after some time because beneath the exterior “i was just trying to let you know I understand”. I understand completely”.  It is trying to find their self worth that make up  two to see the world, after the same rainbows end.

Credit: Directed by Blake Edwards, (based on the novel by Truman Capote)

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen and others

Music by: Henry Mancini



A Mademoiselle living in the U.K Born in the late 80's with a vintage heart. My blog is made up of my thoughts; be it through the eyes of a great movie, the chapters of a book or in the hands of a game and other ideas that set my mind apart.. here on an open platform to share with the rest of the world. Won't you join me..

25 thoughts on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was my introduction to Audrey and just as George Peppard did, I fell in love with her almost immediately. She was a true original and I doubt there will ever be anyone like her. Her character might’ve been a “real phoney,” but she herself was the genuine article!

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  2. Thank you very much Paul. The music and charisma just oozes from the stars and I’m glad they had cast her instead of Monroe for this particular movie as she fits the quitessenial geisha role quite well without stating the obvious. It’s that brutal truth no one wants to speak of and I liked how it was portrayed within the dialogue. I too feel as though Holly couldn’t quite make things work as she has constantly worried over her lifestyle as it was clearly shown and the lengths she went to were quite disturbing.

    I try to keep the reviews spoiler free so I could not express the lines as fully but it is bittersweet for the reasons you mentioned. There’s a line where they ask each if they would marry each other for money as they answer yes..but it is topped off with some wit to cover the harsh reality of it.Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment.☺

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    1. You’re welcome. I really enjoyed your praise of the film. I think Monroe would have done well with it though. I think I might have cried at the end with Monroe in the lead as Holly as she was a more tragic figure than Audrey Hepburn.


  3. Nice, so this is what you meant that you will be focussing on now: classic movies😀 Awesome! I have seen this film, but for the life of me I can’t remember when the last time was that I saw it. All I know is that it is quite a while back, but that I really enjoyed it a lot. I especially remember Hepburns performance as being splendid. (But them again, when is she not splendid ). Movies like these are simply put not being made anymore. As much as I regret that. Movies like these though, never become old, and will always stand the test of time. I really enjoyed reading this post and can tell you now: your writing is every bit as good as ever. Looking forward to hopefully more classic movie reviews. I can’t say that I might have seen every single one of those, but I am always eager to learn more movie history 😊

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    1. Oh that’s so very kind of you to say. I really never knew how much I enjoyed ‘re watching such classics was after my 80’s series that I remembered what other eras I was fond of but never spoke of. It’s a great movie indeed and Hepburn really shone in it for her charismatic charms.

      The only odd thing I didn’t like was they had Mickey Rooney disguised as an oddball Asian guy that was stereotyped to have broken English and nerdy which later caused some controversy but overall it was such a well scripted movie indeed.

      I’ll be writing about various other things when my health lets me but the timeless classics that were made be pre the 80’s will be going into a new category as titled here ‘Tale as old as Time. Thank you for reading this and the kind comments as always. ☺

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  4. I love this movie…. love, love, love it! What’s there not to love about it. I mean Audrey was the epitome of quirk and class all put together here and the nearly there romance kept you wanting more. Plus the music, which has now become iconic, and why not. Everything about this movie was iconic. and I love the way you’ve summed up the movie in the last line.

    P.S. Did you not get my email?

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    1. Thank you Pradita for such a warming comment. It really is a gem of a movie. I think a lot of people forget too that it’s less a romance movie than finding yourself through such a hard life when you have very little independence but it’s coated in a very charming manner.

      I had some issue again so I apologise and I’ve been unwell but I have e-mailed back. There were some technical issues aswell.

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  5. I agree that it’s something of an uncoventional love story. I liked seeing how Holly came across as confident, but was in fact trying to discover herself in the process. Audrey Hepburn really made me feel that need to be wanted and desire to uncover her purpose. And that music was gorgeous.

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    1. Yes precisely vinnieh I like the way you phrased that. It’s her boldness through her eccentric mannerism that costs her insecurities and worries of getting hurt, this she often dives head first in a lot of mayhem but it’s very charming to see.

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  6. Love your review! It’s so enjoyable. 😊 Such a wonderful interpretation of a classic movie. You’re certainly right about it being unconventional. They don’t make movies like this anymore. Hepburn is of course, exceptional and beautiful. And somehow, I always forget that this story was Truman Capote’s. He was just such a versatile and interesting writer. 🙂

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    1. Your comment warmed my heart. I’m glad you liked it. I had so much going through my mind that I almost became the eccentric Audrey herself, jotting my words out. The charm from the novel is what I admire and they’ve managed to capture it so well through this movie. It’s a treasured movie never to be forgotten. 🙂

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  7. That’s a great review, MV. It summed up the film to a T.
    I cannot bear to look at the film myself, and have never liked it.
    But I did like your review.
    In fact, it was better than the film! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. That’s a very kind compliment and one I shall regard highly. I can understand it won’t be everyone’s kind of gem to pick out from such a store but I am glad you liked what you read from my review of it. It’s very appreciated. 🙂

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  8. I never saw the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s but I always liked the song Moon River.
    In fact the first novel I ever wrote a fantasy novel about a walking talking brandy drinking Saint Bernard dog private eye ended with the private eye rowing a Venetian gondola down the canals of Venice with a prince and princess aboard and serenading the two royal lovers with the song Moon River on a tranquil moonlit night.

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    1. That was a wonderful excerpt you wrote here and I ha I you for sharing it with me. You have a great way with words as always. I actually found the song through this movie but I’m glad I did as it is a wonderful song at that. I hope you get to watch the movie someday along the riverbed. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. ☺

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