Audrey Hepburn: As Seen Through the Eyes of the Author, Sam Wasson in "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M."

This book, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., written by Sam Wasson is a study of the characters who were instrumental in creating the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961.

The title comes from when the first scenes of the movie on Fifth Avenue on 57th Avenue.

This is a fast paced and easy read about a film made at the beginning of a new decade and the cast of characters are not merely the film stars who created a new view of the coming of womanhood in the 1960's.

The Historical Setting of the Book, "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M."

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson is a study of the characters who were instrumental in creating the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961

The title comes from when the first scenes of the movie on Fifth Avenue on 57th Avenue in New York City.

This is a fast paced and easy read about a film made at the beginning of a new decade and the cast of characters are not merely the film stars who created a new view of the coming of womanhood in the 1960's.

A Good Refection of the Movie

The costuming by Edith Head taking the designs worked out by Hubert de Givenchy and Hepburn and making them iconic, the music of Henry Mancini, and lyrics of "Moon River" by Johnny Mercer.

This set the stage for Audrey Hepburn's role in Breakfast at Tiffinay's which she carries off beautify. Ms. Hepburn had already won acclaim for her roles in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she won an Academy Award, War and Peace (1959) and A Nun's Story (1960).

It also goes into some of the hopes and ambitions of the characters involved after the film was nominated for five Academy Awards and their person triumphs and tragedies after its release.

All in all, Sam Wasson has created a good read for both book lovers and film aficionados with warmth, compassion, and style.

The Review of the Book,"Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M."

This book is a study of the characters who were instrumental in creating the movie\i in 1961.

The title comes from when the first scenes of the movie on Fifth Avenue on 57 th Street in front of Tiffany' s.

This book is fast paced and an easy read aw well as being well researched.

Well written and researched, it contains little known facts about Audrey Hepburn, the lead actress; Truman Capote, the author; Henry Mancini, the composer; Johnny Mercer, the lyricist; George Axelrod, the screenwriter; and Hubert Givengy, the designer. These were the characters whose, words, actions, design and music were seen and heard on the screen.

He does not forget the men and women whose drive and creative genius were the principal actors behind the scene: Marty Jurow and Richard Shepard, the producers; Blake Edwards, the director; and Edith Head, the costumer and others.

Wasson also incorporates details of why Audrey Hepburn was chosen for the lead role and the actresses who were also considered for the lead including Marilyn Monroe.

A Blend of Events and Personality

Sam Wasson blends the personality of the individuals working in their own way from Audrey Hepburn, the actress playing the part of a "not-so-good" call girl, to those who set the stage for the emotion and independence

she display in the film drawing on research of the people themselves including their life experinces. This is not a biography however but a people study

It is refreshing because it is not a chronology of their lives but the background which brought them to create realistically the character of Holly Golightly, the young girl coming of age personally in the big city, New York City.

The Book Reflects the Film's History

The book does look at the history of the development of the story from the concept derived from the book by Truman Capote, the details of obtain pr

oduction rights, the selection of Audrey Hepburn to play the leading role, issues of costume design and creation

It also goes into some of the hopes and ambitions of the characters involved after the film was nominated for five Academy Awards and their person thiumphs and tradgedies after its release.

All in all, Sam Wasson has created a good read for both book lovers and film aficinados with warmth, compassion, and style.

Definitely a Good Read

This is one of the best reads regarding the making of film.

Wasson, Sam (2010). Fifth Avenue,5 A.M. : Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman. New York: Harper. ISBN 9780061774157.

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She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema.
Audrey Hepburn in a scene for "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
Audrey Hepburn in a scene for "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

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