Saturday, March 21, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

My girls and I went on a short ski weekend. We stayed at the vacation home of some very generous friends and hit the nearby slopes. While we were there, we watched "Breakfast at Tiffany's." In hindsight, maybe my younger girls were a bit too young for this movie, but most of the references went over their heads. As I talked to them, mostly on the chairlift, today all they could talk about was the fashion and the glamor and wanting to see New York City-all in all, great things to take away from an enduring classic. I had forgotten how much I love it.

1 comment:

Loud Larry said...

I love you for your “all over the map” topics!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my transgendered partner’s favorite movie.
I happen to adore the suave sexiness, the nuanced infidelity, the smoking & drinking, the coveting of the world’s material excesses.
This is a timeless story rich in moral character, perfect for the kiddies.
Snide & snarky comments aside, I love this movie because….
It was made in 1961, my birth year.
Audrey Hepburn could not be any more cute, saucy or innocently bad.
(I fell for the same act)
The swinging Henri Mancini soundtrack is classic.
Style. Great fashion. Joe Perry could never wear the peg leg suite more elegantly than George Peppard.
Pre Banacek George Peppard a perfect Paul Newman protégé’.
Speaking of the cast, are you kidding, my God, Patricia O’Neil is cougar-licious in a role that must have been the inspiration for Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson’s mature nympho-mamma character in The Graduate.
More cast speak…Buddy Ebsen. Hello…! Is Jed Clampet, (playing Doc) really married to Holly? He is either a pedophile or her father…YIKES! The way he stalks her in Central Park is so creepy.
Martin Balsam, a most under rated actor, love him.
My absolute favorite character? Mickey Rooney as the obnoxious “Asian” neighbor.
Could Hollywood get away with this over the top stereo type today? Rooney rocked the part! Or should I say “Wooney woked the pawt”?
Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. That’s right, uncredited Mel Blanc voiced the part of Holly’s drunken visitor.
I’ve swooned over the fashions that the character’s sported. Credit, Edith Head,Hollywood’s foremost costume diva. A most disturbing name because I’m immature.
My two favorite quotes from B.A.T.
Sweet Audrey as Holly Golightly;
“He's all right! Aren't you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven't got the right to give him one. We don't belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's.”

Paul Newman-esque George Peppard as Paul Varjak;

“You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
[takes out the ring and throws it in Holly's lap]

Remember the mid-‘90’s song?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Deep Blue Something
You say that we've got nothing in common
No common ground to start from
And we're falling apart
You'll say the world has come between us
Our lives have come between us
But I know you just don't care

And I said what about "Breakfast at Tiffany's?
She said, "I think I remember the film,
And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it."
And I said, "Well, that's the one thing we've got."