Truman Capote has remained immortalized thanks to his creativity manifested in his works and more particularly his novella, “breakfast at Tiffany’s”. In this piece, Capote depicts the picture of complete a society full of people with different ideologies. Blake Edwards borrowed from the literary works of Capote and directed the movie “breakfast at Tiffany’s” in the year 1961 quite a different setting from the original novella that borrowed its setting from the World War II period. (Haflidason 4) The movie done in the 60s setup, brings out lifestyle at the Eastern part of Manhattan. Mingled in, the movie, are arrays of comedy, and melodrama.The movie has slight variance from the original piece as articulated by Mr. Capote. However, there is need to give credit where it is due; the movie evokes good reaction from many viewers not underscoring room for vilification from different quarters.
Set in an ideal New York City in the early 60s, the character of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is that of a youthful lady full of zest and with flamboyant lifestyle. Holly is a girl who lives alone and occasionally spends her time parting and enjoying classy dates with wealthy men. She wants affairs that are non committal even as she strives to lead a phony lifestyle hoping to get the right rich person to marry. Audrey fit well in her role to depict a girl that has a funny lifestyle; she loves her cat yet she does not give it a name. Holly receives gifts and other goodies from her male companions but does not give back her affection with same magnitude as she receives from her male companions. (Haflidason 7)
Audrey shows her prowess as a lead actress when she fully fits into the shoes of Holly by balancing the actions in the script and the choice of words adopted for the movie, There is, however, some questionable difference between Holly’s character in the original novella by Capote and the one seen in the movie as directed by Edwards; The novella depicted her as a prostitute different from what comes out of the movie where she appears as a girl that loves pleasure and company of men. Holly’s life takes a sudden turn when she meets, Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a writer by profession. He happens to be Holly’s neighbor. She calls him Fred, the name of her brother whom she greatly adores. (Willmott 8)
Holly finds Paul fascinating and decides to give him invitation to her ‘wild parties’ that involves old dirty minded businessmen who are, sort of, Holly’s slaves. She, seemingly, has control over their wallets. These parties go on as the her cat watches scornfully. Paul who appears straight in the movie, unlike in the original novella where he may well have been gay, is amused by Holly who leaves a lot of questions unanswered to him. He wonders who she really is, her origin and why she visits Sing Sing in prison on a weekly basis. To Paul, it beats logic since Holly does not, in any way, appear the type to visit a convict. (Haflidason 5)
Paul suddenly begins to find answers thanks to the emergence of a visitor (Buddy Ebsen) who seems to know much of Holly’s past; she finds this uncomfortable and would not like the public be privy to her past life. Peppard a co- protagonist to Audrey in this movie has to be credited for a role well articulated. His is the story of a man who holds love in his hands yet he cannot enjoy what love really has to offer. Paul, just like Holly, lives a life just for the sake of it. He does not seem, in any way, to treasure his spurious lifestyle that involves pleasing others so as to earn a living. They appear to complement both of their unfulfilling lives as they juggle with the night life in Manhattan that comprised of parties. (Weiler 6)
Another character that breeds admiration is that of Mickey Rooney who plays under the name, Yunioshi. (Paragh8) He is Japanese whose life is disrupted by Holly’s night activities; when she comes home late into the night. Yunioshi lives on the floor above Holly’s house. The character does not cause much amusement to the viewer but he is relevant for plot development. (Willmott 5)
All in all, the movie, “breakfast at Tiffany” is full of intrigues that make it, “a must watch” movie. It is a good work that gives a nostalgic feeling long after watching; attributed to the humorous and unforgettable scenes. Cool and superb, ‘Moon river’ song by Henry Mancini coupled with good piece of cinematography gives the movie a classy touch. In this piece of work all aspects of the movie fit in their respective sways; ranging from the music to the shooting sites in New York city not forgetting the screen play. Mr. Edwards, the director, deserves a pat on the back for a job meticulously executed. (Weiler 9)
Not withstanding certain imperfections that are characteristic of any piece of art(unpleasant conversations, slightly disjointed storyline and all that), the movie “breakfast at Tiffany’s” is lucrative and leaves me no alternative other than to recommend it to any friend as token of true friendship. The movie derives its legendary touch from the organization of all that pertain to its formation.