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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

  Directed by: Blake Edwards
Written by: George Axelrod, Truman Capote
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard
Links: Breakfast at Tiffany's on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"A delicious moonlight breakfast" - a review by freddy

Watching Breakfast at Tiffany's was more than just seeing a movie. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. And the reason? Well, apart from the fact that it's a delightful film full of delightful Audrey Hepburn, I saw it outdoors on a perfect summer evening at Melbourne's Moonlight Cinema.

So my high rating for Breakfast at Tiffany's is, at the same time, a big fat thumbs-up to the Moonlight.

I rolled along to the Botanic Gardens in the late afternoon of a warm day with a good friend. We were fully prepared (thankfully, I'd done this before) with jumbo beanbag, picnic blanket and some extra layers for the cooler evening temperatures.

If you go along to the Moonlight, particularly on a first date, you'll want to have plenty of small talk material prepared. There are quite a few hours between arriving and the feature starting — it's not just the old buy the tickets, find your seats and then shut up. No no, it's all about the talky-talky until the sun sets. There's even some live jazz to set the mood. So hey, if you play your cards right, you might even be able to do that sneaky yawn-and-put-your-arm-around-your-date's-shoulder move even before flick starts. But I'll leave that up to you.

Thankfully, the company I had was excellent, as was the tucker we'd brought with us. That's something else you'll want to bring yourself. You reckon snacks are expensive at the local multiplex? Well, let me tell you, anyone making less than six figures will just about faint when they see the price of a choc-top at this place.

Anyway, the sun disappeared over the trees, darkness fell (which it tends to do after sundown) and the screen appeared at the bottom of the grassy knoll that we (and thousands of others, it seemed) were sitting on. An inflatable cinema screen is one impressive sight, I can tell you.

As for Breakfast at Tiffany's, it's just lovely. In fact, more than anything, it's just a darling film, darling. Full of that darling of darlings, Audrey Hepburn. She has that screen presence like other stars of yesteryear — Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe – that precious few actresses have these days. You just have to love watching her saying her lines, even when they are cheesy.

Breakfast at Tiffany's follows Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly, who is a bit of a scatterbrain living in a New York apartment building. She hosts parties, entertains men of all ages (for the right price) and skips through life with a smile on her face. But she also has a few secrets, like a weird-looking Texas inbred who turns up at her apartment and reveals himself to be her ex-husband. And throughout, you can just tell she's not totally happy. What does she really want in life? Well now, that is anything but a mystery.

So writer Paul Varjak moves in downstairs and, sure enough, falls for Holly. There's not much to the plot otherwise, but suffice to say you finish with a big fat smile on your face. There are also some moments of genuine humour and a scene-stealing cat, which is named Cat — genius.

With Audrey casting a spell over the audience and all the romance of those Botanic Gardens bats flying overhead, it seemed an evening at moonlight and Breakfast at Tiffany's were made for each other.

freddy gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 25 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. I'm obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Cassie on Sat 03 Sep 2005 06:16 #

  2. TIFFANY'S COME HERE

    A comment from TIFFANI HARPER on Mon 17 Oct 2005 03:56 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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