|BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S|
Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Audrey Hepburn; George Peppard; Patricia Neal
Other: Original Story: Truman Capote; Screenplay: George Axelrod; Music: Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
Year and Running Time: USA 1961, 115 minutes
Year Screened: 2011
Audrey Hepburn also starred in My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday and Charade. The role of Holly Golightly is probably Hepburn’s most memorable and one she acknowledged as the most challenging; she felt she was an introvert and had to play a daring extrovert. She also detested Danish Pastries so filming the famous opening scene was a bit of a chore though not as bad as the scene in which she had to throw ‘Cat’ outside on to the rainy street.
Author, Capote, envisioned Marilyn Monroe playing Holly Golightly and so she was originally cast in the part but her drama coach told her that playing a call-girl was not good for her image. The film went on to be a huge success, with Audrey Hepburn receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. The film also won an Oscar for Mancini’s song ‘Moon River’ which he wrote specifically for Hepburn. The famous black dress worn by Audrey in the opening scenes of this movie was sold for $807,000 on December 4, 2006 at Christie's Auction House in London, making it the second most expensive piece of movie memorabilia ever sold. (The first is the Best Picture Oscar for Gone with The Wind).
The movie was filmed in Manhattan, New York and, of course Tiffany & Co. In fact Tiffany's opened its doors on a Sunday for the first time since the 19th century so that filming could take place inside the store.
Handsome, elegant, ‘A’ Team man, George Peppard was a student of Method acting, a style Hepburn found difficult to work with but they remained friends until her death in 1993 aged 63.
Director Blake Edwards is best known for his Pink Panther films with Peter Sellers and of course Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
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