This week’s Classic Movie Monday pick is the 1961 classic film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” This charming New York love story is the quintessential romantic comedy; it tells the story between a boy and a girl, while simultaneously detailing the tale of a love affair with New York City. The opening scene sets the tone for the entire movie as effortlessly elegant and stylish leading lady, Audrey Hepburn, steps out of a classic taxi cab in her iconic black dress and stares longingly into the window at Tiffany and Co.

 

This movie encapsulates everything that is great and enchanting about New York and all that is great and uncertain about life in 115 minutes. The movie is based on the novella by Truman Capote and is directed by award winning director Blake Edwards. The movie follows free spirited Holly Golightly, who lives life to its fullest in every aspect, but is somewhat unfulfilled in her only fleeting love life. Holly goes from man to rich man, enjoying her glamorous New York City life moment by moment, searching for ideal happiness, yet still experiencing the deep seeded tragic but beautiful sadness of the city. She then becomes interested in her friend from upstairs, Paul Varjak (played by George Peppard), and their lives become intertwined as their quirky friendship plays out through life’s challenges. Peppard merely melts into the background, though, as Hepburn’s effervescence naturally draws the audience in.

 

This film made Hepburn a permanent icon, both for her sense of fashion and style and for her unique sense of unlabored charm and prowess as an actress and humanitarian. Hepburn owns the spotlight in this romantic comedy to shame all other romantic comedies after it. She embodies a sort of magnetism as her character of Holly, and that was a big win for women at the time.

 

At the time this movie came out, in the 1960’s, women still faced serious feminist issues that had not yet started to be resolved. Film was one way that women were starting to make a claim for their own independence. Through the 50’s and 60’s, women still took a backseat to men in a societal and domestic sense, but if you look at films from the time, especially “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” women were starting to take center stage and be counted for. The female personality was an area of great interest and fascination as society became less conservative and women started to become more self-sufficient. Hepburn is one of the early pioneers, and certainly the reason “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic masterpiece that takes you to a place where you’ll wish you could stay forever.

 

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