August 05

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

 Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library.

Who hasn’t seen the image of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly standing outside Tiffanys? Hepburn dressed in a simple black evening sheath with her hair in an elegant upsweep complete with a small diamonte tiara, is an iconic twentieth century image.

 Holly Golightly is a single woman living in New York in a barely furnished apartment. The setting of Capote’s novella is mainly within the brownstone apartment building. Holly is essentially a lonely young woman looking for someone to rescue her. In the novella her apartment is sparsely furnished adding to the sense that her stint in New York is not permanent. She suffers from the “mean reds” which is really a euphemism for depression. Holly doesn’t work but survives by dating wealthy men. The novella was set during WWII but there is little reference to the war.

 The movie of Breakfast at Tiffanys is a more upbeat version of the book. Hepburn’s Holly is still quirky and offbeat but the “mean reds” don’t seem as bad in the movie. The movie implies a more positive ending than the novella.

 The movie was directed by Blake Edwards with George Peppard starring alongside Hepburn. The film of Breakfast at Tiffanys is set circa 1960 and the costumes in the film are a fabulous portrayal of early 60s fashion.