Monday, April 8, 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a free-spirited, chic, high end call girl, leads men on while never remotely attached, in the hopes of scoring a rich husband with the aims of reuniting with her beloved, enlisted brother. When a handsome, part-time writer, part-time gigolo (George Peppard) befriends, than falls for her, the truth is soon revealed behind her haughty facade. Based on Truman Capote's 1958 bestseller, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a delightful picture from Blake Edwards and a welcome change of pace from his later slapstick. Audrey Hepburn is positively luminous in her iconic role and I thought George Peppard was quite could as her foil (just what was the deal with the casting of Mickey Rooney as the vexed, Japanese neighbor though?). Franz Planer's cinematography is excellent, especially on the Blu-ray print of the film I watched. It also must be said, despite how tired the notion has become, that the film's nuanced screenplay is so much more interesting than today's leave nothing to the imagination approach.