By contributor Patrick Zabriskie
Summary: A delightful romantic comedy that is deeper than it realizes.
In my own way, I feel as though I’m breaking new ground here. This maybe the first fullfledged chick flick reviewed on the Silver MIrror, albeit it’s quality and popularity have allowed it to transcend the genre somewhat. And this IS the chick flick to see, if you only ever see one.
Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly, a beautiful New York socialite who always has a man or two waiting at her door. Thanks to a free spirit and a strong sense of independence, though, she remains single amist her courters. Life changes though, when the young writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into the apartment upstairs from hers. What follows is a surprisingly complicated tale of love, as Holly struggles between other courters, Paul, and eventually her own desire to be “free” and “uncaged”, before, ultimately, the ending you know has to happen happens.
Great pefromances all around. Audrey Hepburn is positively breathtaking as Holly, and is in my opinion the most beautiful woman ever caught on film. George Peppard is equally memorable as Varjak, a strong, sensible, smart, and very compassionate man. Fans of 1980s television might remember Peppard as John “Hannibal” Smith, the cigar chomping leader of ‘The A-Team’. Though I don’t know for sure how Hannibal would have delt with someone like Holly, it would probably involve many more explosions. Mickey Rooney also co-stars as the Asian landlord of the apartment, a charcter who, while funny, shows a considerable degree of racial insensitivity. Its the only real sign that the film is dated.
Earlier I mentioned that the film is deeper than it itself might realize. The idea of freedom is a strong theme of this movie. Holly’s belief that she is free and wild and untamed because she is unattached emotionally to a man is called into question when it prevents her from being with the one she loves. In order to be free she won’t be with Paul, even though she loves him. All of the sudden her freedom has become a cage. It’s a deep concept for a film like this, and to fully elaborate on it, I think, requires a separate entry, which I plan to follow through on.
In short, though, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a lovely film and a true classic. I recommend seeing it and, fellows, it is still the best chick flick for you and your girlfriend to see.