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Sunday, July 5, 2009

July Dinner and a Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's

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For this month's Dinner and a Movie event, I've selected another one of my favorite films of all time - Breakfast at Tiffany's. Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany's is an utterly delightful, yet occasionally dark film about life, love and following your dreams. It was directed by Blake Edwards and stars the heavenly Audrey Hepburn and the hunky George Peppard. The movie was based on a 1958 novella of the same name written by Truman Capote.

Played by Hepburn, the film's main character Holly Golightly, is a charming and madcap gadabout working her way through cocktail parties (and men) on Manhattan's swank East Side. She lives in partially furnished apartment, owns a cat with no name and earns her living collecting "powder room money" from the the wealthy men she dates. She also gets rid of the "mean reds" by visiting Tiffany's jewelry store, where she says, "... Nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets....".

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Holly is a nomad, ever seeking a place that she can call home. She never allows herself to care too much or get too attached to anyone or anything, because she is always searching. Almost everything she says and does in the film illustrates this outlook on life, and her inability to settle down. For her, the famed Tiffany's represents security and a sense of belonging. Yet, these are the very things that Holly runs from.

Enter Paul Varjak, or "Fred", as Holly calls him. Paul is a struggling young writer who moves into Holly's apartment building one day. Paul is everything that Holly is not - staid, conservative and responsible. Still, the two become fast friends and ultimately fall in love.

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The psychological struggle between the need for stability and the desire for freedom is evident throughout the film, and is perhaps the central theme of Breakfast at Tiffany's. This conflict defines the relationship between Paul and Holly, who are opposing forces drawn together, each pulling out what they lack from each other. Holly Golightly's story is perhaps in some way a part of all of us. The part that is constantly searching for our place in the world.

Aside from its subtext, Breakfast at Tiffany's is all at once quirky, funny, stylish, sophisticated, and bittersweet. And, Audrey Hepburn is sublime! What more could you ask for in a movie?

I hope you'll join my co-host Marc from No Recipes and I in this month's Dinner and a Movie. I think there's lots of inspiration to be found in Breakfast at Tiffany's from breakfast dishes to cocktail party fare.

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If you want to play along, visit our Dinner and a Movie page to get the rest of the details. Try to get your submissions in by the 20th of July, but a day or two later is okay. I'll post the roundup by the 25th.

18 comments:

Manggy said...

I'm, uh, finding a way I can watch this movie :) I hope I can think of something and make it! :)

Nina Timm said...

Great movie choice!! Every time I look at Audrey Hepburn, I am amazed at her beauty!!! And that without Botox. plastic surgery and all the expensive creams and things you can buy today!!!

squawmama said...

Hi Susan... First I want to thank you for your lovely comments on the wedding... I am glad it is over and we can all get on with our other plans... LOVE that movie and LOVE George Peppard Haven't seen it in a long time... Think I'll go rent it... Have a good day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Wonderful movie choice! I hope I can play this time - we're gone from the 11th - 19th, so it might not work.

noble pig said...

Oh how I love that film!

Mom2Be said...

I just saw that movie for the first time not to long ago and I loved it! : )

Kristen said...

Susan, I haven't seen that movie in years. I am hoping that I can find time to do so and join along this month. Sure sounds like fun :)

Wicked said...

I might have to participate in this month, as it's been a while since I last watched the movie.

Odd note: My mother actually knew the girl who was the inspiration for Holly Golightly.

Annie said...

I loved that film also...Great idea!

Bellini Valli said...

Excellent movie choice Susan, I love the classics:D

Esi said...

This is one of my all time favorite movies and I am so upset they are trying to do a remake. Anyway, I will totally try to find some time to participate.

memoryminded said...

I haven't seen this movie in ages and think it will make a great "Girl's Night Out" choice. I LOVED your synopsis of the movie. Thanks for the inspiration!

pinkstripes said...

I just saw this movie for the first a couple weeks ago!

Kristen said...

One of my favorite movies of all time! Great choice!

TheGourmetGirl said...

Sounds like fun, I'll have to ponder this one and get back to you.

anna said...

Ooh, this is a movie I really should see. I'll try my best to participate, though the rest of my month is kind of insane.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Do you know I've never seen this movie? There is a whole list of classic movies I've never seen. I was never even sure of the plot! Thanks for the recap. Now it's time for the Netflix queue!

flory said...

one of my favourite films of all time. i am SO there.