April 14, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Title: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Year: 1961
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: George Axelrod, based on Truman Capote's novel
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard
Music: Henry Mancini
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Score and Best Song ("Moon River"); Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (color)
Synopsis: a neurotic girl forces herself into her neighbor's life
How I saw it: on video (rented on VHS from the library), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 8/10 9/10 (One of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for concept and cinematography) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).

You've got a character who's obnoxious, and a story that only works if every other character (not to mention the audience) loves her; I don't think anyone other than Audrey Hepburn could have pulled that off. And speaking of amazing feats of Audrey Hepburn, when she sings "Moon River," it somehow sounds like a good song. Between that, the piano music over the climax, and the almost postmodern five & dime sequence, I have to love the music in this movie, even though 90% of it consists of an incessantly annoying tune.

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