[VIDEO] ‘Moon River’: Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ 1961Posted: March 19, 2014
A sublime Hollywood moment. Audrey Hepburn‘s voice is still as fresh as the day this was recorded. Nostalgic and melancholy, it’s perhaps one of Henry Mancini‘s best-remembered film scores. Though it’s a lighthearted mainstream romantic drama, it was the first to depict (though it does so gracefully, discreetly) a NYC prostitute in the romantic female lead role. More controversial is the male lead is also essentially a prostitute. An aspiring writer “sponsored” by a wealthy socialite. The contrast between the decadent fun of high-society New York city and Holly Golightly’s secret impoverished hillbilly origins, is a thinly-veiled profile of its author, Truman Capote. Holly is Truman. The novel it’s based on is a small masterpiece, darker, with a more realistic ending.
In an idealized New York City during the early ’60s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment. She has such a flippant lifestyle that she won’t even give her cat a name, because that would be too much of a commitment to a relationship. Maintaining a childlike innocence yet wearing the most perfect of designer clothes and accessories from Givenchy, she spends her time on expensive dates and at high-class parties. She escorts various wealthy men, yet fails to return their affections after they have given her gifts and money. Holly’s carefree independence is changed when she meets her neighbor, aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard), who is suffering from writer’s block while being kept by a wealthy woman (Patricia Neal). Just when Holly and Paul are developing their sweet romance, Doc (Buddy Ebsen) appears on the scene and complicates matters, revealing the truth about Holly’s past. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was nominated for several Academy awards, winning Best Score for Henry Mancini and Best Song for Johnny Mercer’s classic tune “Moon River”.
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