Breakfast At Tiffany’s preserves an extremely happy time and place. A time when being hip and urbane were accessible (and desirable) to the middle-class. Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naïve, eccentric socialite is generally considered to be the actress’s most memorable and identifiable role. Hepburn regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert.
Everything falls nicely into place in this romantic-comedy.
The directing, musical score, acting, and screenplay were fantastic in this classic film. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was received positively at the time, and won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Moon River”, which was also selected as the fourth most memorable song in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute in 2004. Filmed on location in New York this is a beautiful, captivating movie, that has not only aged well, but is a time machine to a wonderful place that probably really never existed except in our imagination.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s had celebrated the style & elegance of Blake Edwards (1922 – 2010)
Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, Blake Edwards directed several drama, musical and detective films. Late in his career, he transitioned to writing, producing and directing for theater. In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.
Paramount wanted to remove the movie’s famous track, “Moon River.”
After a preview screening of the film, Paramount executive Martin Rackin reportedly said that he wanted the song, composed by Henry Mancini and written by Johnny Mercer, to be removed. Legend has it that the normally mild-mannered Hepburn responded with “over my dead body.” The song would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Fred Flintstone had a role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Alan Reed, who played the incarcerated mobster Sally Tomato in the film, was best known as the original voice of The Flintstones’s patriarch. Mickey Rooney’s performance as Mr. Yunioshi has not stood the test of time. Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of the Japanese character Mr. Yunioshi has faced an increasing backlash over the years. In 2008, a Sacramento screening of the film was canceled due to protests of Rooney’s offensive caricature. “They hired me to do this overboard, and we had fun doing it,” Rooney said at the time. “Never in all the more than 40 years after we made it—not one complaint. Every place I’ve gone in the world people say, ‘God, you were so funny.’ ”