Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It was loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote.
I’ve read many times about people who dislike Breakfast At Tiffany’s, or even hate it. Of course, it isn’t Sunset Blvd (1950) and Audrey Hepburn isn’t Bette Davis, but I’ve always thought it is quite a decent film to watch. The thing is, I believe BAT was highly important to pop culture and it influenced it in a lot of ways. It’s the film that assured Hepburn her position as a world-wide known movie star, while is not her best though. I own the novel by Capote, and I love it, it is much better than the movie, although it has almost nothing to do with it, honestly. Why do I think Breakfast At Tiffany’s was so important, pop-culture wise? Well, because, in my opinion, it’s one of the first examples of what romantic comedy means nowdays, among other things. Yes, you have It Happened One Night (1934), and while that is a favourite motion picture of mine, I do think it’s a bit dated if you watch it in 2011; BAT isn’t. Then you’ve got the huge impact this film had on the fashion world, with Holly Golightly’s sleeping mask and black Givenchy dress.