Audrey Hepburn’s performance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s as the prostitute with the most sophisticated wardrobe around set the bar for lovable call girls long before Pretty Woman. Holly Golightly’s classy demeanor and exquisite Givenchy threads fill the 115 minute film that now rests in classic archives internationally. If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your must-see list. If you’ve watched it before, watch it again!
What makes this movie so great? The answer is pretty simple: Audrey Hepburn. Not only is she the epitome of elegance, but she’s so good that you might just forget what this film is even about. In a racy role originally meant for Marilyn Monroe, Hepburn brings her own unique touch to the role of Holly Golightly. She is charmingly naive and alarmingly sexual at the same time. Aaaaaaaaaaand, for all of the fashion buffs out there, this is the film that made the “little black dress” an international phenomena!
What makes this movie not so great?
When one looks past the beautiful and timeless charm of Ms. Hepburn, some substandard acting and a relic of anti-Asian sentiment is revealed. The casting of Mickey Rooney as an Asian man by the name of Mr. Yunioshi in the film portrays Asians as fumbling fools incapable of speaking proper English. And FYI, according to this Japanese caricature, all Asians have overbites so that’s why Mr. Yunioshi never closes his mouth all the way.
Despite this very unfortunate miscasting, I highly suggest this film because it has nevertheless managed to find a permanent place in my heart. Audrey Hepburn’s ability to captivate is truly amazing. There just aren’t actresses like her around anymore.