Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Audrey Hepburn remains one of the classiest and most sophisticated actresses that the world has ever known. She was a princess in her Oscar-winning film debut in Roman Holiday (1953), played the literary classics in films like War and Peace (1956) and My Fair Lady (1964), and even once competed against Katharine Hepburn for the coveted “Best Actress” Academy Award. Because of such a wide range of memorable roles, it is a bit tough to determine which performance was her greatest. Some would argue that bringing Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly to the silver screen IS her best performance as she famously ate Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961 and pun intended).

A Toast

Even though this role was highly controversial (because Holly is a call girl), this film is absolutely charming. Part of the brilliance of Hepburn’s performance is how she made Holly Golightly a fully-realized and complex character rather than just being a woman who practices the world’s oldest profession. Besides that Oscar-worthy performance, Henry Mancini actually won the Academy Award for composing such an enchanting film score. The opening scene of this movie is also one of the most iconic beginnings of any motion picture. It seems ironic, then, that Audrey Hepburn felt miserable while filming that particular scene since she actually disliked Danish pastries.

Nevertheless, it is a miracle that Hepburn was able to eat in front of a Tiffany’s diamond store with style, grace, and sheer elegance. The film also won the “Best Original Song” Academy Award for “Moon River,” which remains one of the most marvelous songs in cinematic history. That song is so spectacular that even Nelson Muntz admitted that he adored that song while listening to Andy Williams singing it in an episode of The Simpsons. It is a bit shocking to know that a studio executive advocated the removal of that beloved song, so it is a blessing that Audrey Hepburn was able to sing such a lovely tune. Indeed, Breakfast at Tiffany’s remains one of the classiest motion pictures ever made.

Verdict

Audrey Hepbrun might have passed away at the relatively young age of 63 in 1993, but she still remains one of the finest actresses in Hollywood history. Her name itself is almost synonymous with Holly Golightly’s partially because of how Hepburn famously wore the skinny black dress that helped make the opening scene of this film so legendary. Tiffany & Co. also made the title of this film a reality when it opened the Blue Box Cafe in one of its diamond stores in New York on Friday, November 11, 2017. Audrey Hepburn might have lost the Academy Award to Sophia Loren that year, but Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly will always be one of the best performances ever to grace the silver screen.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Paul (played by George Peppard) types on his typewriter

Drink a Shot: every time the cat plays an important part in the film

And Celebrate with Your Favorite Drink: as the song “Moon River” adds to the enchantment of this beloved romantic dramedy

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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