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Breakfast at Tiffany's Movie Review

Updated on May 27, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.


When Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's, he imagined Marilyn Monroe as the elegant but confused Holly Golightly. Monroe was advised against doing the film and eventually Audrey Hepburn was cast. Sure, Blake Edwards directed the film but Audrey's personality and confidence drives the film forward from frame to frame, leaving the viewer wanting more.

George Axelrod, who previously wrote Marilyn Monroe's popular film The Seven year Itch, crafts this masterpiece in the way only he can.The writing is faultless; the comedy, romance, and drama blends together beautifully. Holly's character development is remarkable as she goes from a normal city girl trying to make it, to a confused woman not knowing what to do with her life. She wants to be rich and successful but at the same time she wants to be free.

The acting makes the film feel real, as if someone was following Holly and Paul, chronicling their love story. George Peppard plays Paul, a new tenant in Holly's apartment building. George and Audrey's chemistry is undeniable as they flow through each scene smoothly. It's hard to pick just one scene that stood above all the rest, as the whole film exceeds all expectations.

The last thing I absolutely must mention is the beauty of the props and sets. Every room and every set piece right down to the curtains and lamps were expertly designed and placed to the point that it looked like elegance was a common thing. Miss Hepburn's hairstyles, headwear, and dresses were all so very gorgeous and stunning that she never looked shabby or out of place.

In conclusion, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a romance, a comedy, and a drama all rolled into one. The hard work each cast and crew member put into this film pays off tremendously. This film is one movie you absolutely can't miss.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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