She is charming, effervescent, and as stunningly sharp as she is naive- this character by screenplay writer George Axelrod is still one of the most popular style icons in cinema. With Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn immortalized herself as the ultimate diva and glamour star. Her performance in Breakfast At Tiffany’s got her nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The movie directed by Blake Edwards is a classic, but very different from the romcoms made, these days. It has a strong plot-line that justifies its characters’ moods and actions. Even if it is running away from a date, and escaping through the fire escape, or meeting a convicted mobster in prison and giving him the ‘weather report’. You can’t judge Holly. Her actions, her whims, her fancies have been beautifully portrayed. She is the perfect chirpy girl who lives for the ‘now’. In her out-of-work writer friend Paul Varjak (George Peppard), we meet a man who has lost his way after giving a bestseller a few years ago. He is living off a rich, older lady (Patricia Neal). The characters have a balance to them – they have a certain simplicity to them that intertwines with their complex life choices. Even so, it all makes for an immensely interesting story that has its quirks and is fun to watch.
When Holly refuses to go back with Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen), you know she wants to do it because she isn’t that girl anymore. When she refuses Paul, you know it is because she is afraid. Afraid because her superficial life would then be over. She wouldn’t be able to hide behind the cat-shaped sunglasses and the lovely silk scarf. She would no longer be a ‘no-name slob’.
The performances are brilliant. But what really takes the story to another level is the effortless continuity of the plot. One scene blends into another, and you are slowly and gradually a part of Holly Golightly’s life and her journey from a glamorous starlet who dates ‘rats’ and ‘super rats’ to a girl who is ready for commitment. Watch Breakfast At Tiffany’s because a finer film was never made, and we highly doubt there’ll be one in this league soon.