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Trailers from Hell on ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Trailers from Hell on 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

Blake Edwards’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s bittersweet novella was a big hit in 1961 and garnered several Oscar nominations. The film’s title sequence, with “escort girl” Audrey Hepburn strolling the deserted sidewalks of New York while serenaded by Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” is one of the most memorable moments in movie history. Also memorable, unhappily, is Mickey Rooney’s outrageously un-PC portrayal of Hepburn’s Japanese landlord, which has negatively impacted modern audiences and dimmed the luster of what was long considered a romantic classic.

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S does not hold up at all, IMHO. The most memorable scene to me is the one where Buddy Ebsen stalks George Peppard in Central Park. "Barnaby Jones" meets "The A-Team." (Or is it Jed Clampett meets Banacek?)

I recently saw DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (1993) for the first time and it has a scene where Bruce (Jason Scott Lee) goes on a date with Linda (Lauren Holly), his future wife, and she takes him to the movies to see…BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. Lee is outraged at Mickey Rooney's stereotyped portrayal of the Japanese character while everyone else in the theater is laughing at it, including Linda. But it soon dawns on her how wrong that is…and thus her consciousness is raised. I have no idea if that ever actually happened.

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