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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

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Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany’s will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel has been a favorite ever since Audrey Hepburn first appeared as Holly Golightly. The movie may be dated (see Mickey Rooney), but Hepburn’s Golightly isn’t. “People don’t belong to people,” she tells smitten George Peppard.

The 1961 film nabbed Best Actress and Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations plus wins for Best Song (“Moon River”) and Henry Mancini’s score.

Here’s more on the screening, which is open to the public. See 1961 trailer below.

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The movie works because we want it to work … like a beloved children’s story, cartoon or fairly tale. Not probable, or maybe even possible, but it takes us into an enchanted, if dicey, NYC “neverland” where we are “willing to suspend disbelief” and root for a happy ending. A curious classic.


I can’t be the only one who has never liked this film. It’s sappy, overlong and has a host of other problem the obvious of which is Hepburn as the unlikeliest movie hooker ever, (which is what she is the film…a hooker.) Even more unlikely than Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and that’s saying A LOT

And Mickey Rooney is TOO painful to watch in the film. I have to turn my head away when he appears. Yeah I know this was back in 1961 but even then they had to be more enlightened


Funny thing is that the basic premise of the film is an interesting one. A hooker and a rich woman’s paid for boy toy fall in love. Two damaged people who have sold their souls and their bodies find a connection. Though except Tiffany is so glossy so squeaky clean and superficial it completes dilutes what’s going on. Actually Peppard is O.K.and Patricia Neal is fine, but Jed Clampett and Hepburn are woefully miscast and the less said about Rooney the better


Barnaby Jones stalking Hannibal Smith on location in Central Park was the “WTF?” moment for me in this movie. (That would be Buddy Ebsen and George Peppard, respectively.)

This film would benefit more from a remake than a restoration. Pretty much everyone in it was miscast, from Hepburn on down.

And Mickey Rooney’s racial impersonation would have been painful to watch during the war!

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