Milk and Cookies and an Instant MovieInstant Movie: ‘Breakfast At Tiffany's' (1961)Myrna Valadez

Imagine New York City in the ’60s, a busy city buzzing with excitement while everyone looks incredibly chic in their now vintage clothes. A time when men opened doors for women, women didn’t pick up the tabs at bars and it was unladylike to be out past midnight.  Nothing paints this scene better than this week’s Instant Movie pick, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Holly Golightly runs around NYC in this classic tale of a girl looking for love in the city. Besides making my life seem deadening in comparison, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic film that should be a part every girls movie collection. Now, why would I say that if it wasn’t true? But just in case you need more reason, here’s why you should watch (or even own) Breakfast at Tiffany’s:

  1. Audrey Hepburn became a fashion icon in this film and has been influencing fashion ever since.
  2. Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this is an instance where the book was not better than film, instead, the film was just as good.
  3. Before Carrie and Big slow danced to ‘Moon River’ in his empty apartment, Holly sang this song on her windowsill and all the boys came to her yard. Well, only one, but she wanted that one to come.
  4. The American Film institute ranks this film #61 in their AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions list, a list compiled of the greatest love stories ever told in American Cinema.
  5. I’ve saved the best reason for last: it’s the perfect movie for these cold autumn evenings!
Now is as good a time as ever to bring out the champagne flutes and enjoy fancy cookies while keeping warm on your couch. Better yet, invite the girls over for a night full if fashion, fun and a little place every woman loves: Tiffany’s!
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  1. Every Time I’m feeling depressed, I’m watching it. And it makes me feel happier even when I’m happy. My favorite movie. :-)

  2. Love the movie (and you for writing about it) but 1- Mickey Rooney is definitely offensive in the movie and it shows a sad part of our culture at that time, as Lorelei mentions, and 2- Audrey was a fashion icon long before this movie cam out; she was pretty much from the start of her career because her sense of style complimented her striking figure.

    But thank you for noting its importance in American cinema! Though different from the book in many ways, I agree that it stands as “just as good” as Capote’s original story.

    • Yes, sadly having offensive characters in films has been a part of American Cinema, there’s is no denying. Although I don ‘t agree with character, or for that matter found him particularly funny, I feel watching the film now and seeing a character like that is an indication as to what society found acceptable at that point in time. Frankly, when I see older films, I don’t take it personally when there is racism involved because it was a lot more accepted to be vocal about racism back then. It was especially hard for me to watch Giant (with James Dean) because it’s so openly racist against Mexicans but then again, that’s what the world was really like back then. Still, it’s a fantastic film.

      I also agree that Audrey was very much a fashion icon before the film but this film really made her a household name when it came to fashion.

      Thank you so much for your input and for reading!!

  3. Don’t get me wrong, I love this movie, but why did they need to depart so much from the original book with that horrendous paternalistic screed from Paul at the end? It seems the screenwriters felt that Holly was in need of a stern scolding, from the obnoxious mouth of George Peppard, no less. The ending is just such a complete departure from theme and tone of the original book, that it always leaves me a bit annoyed. I only complain because I really like this movie otherwise.

    • That’s one of the things about this movie, I never understood why it needed to be changed so much. I imagine it was all to do with making the film popular, hence making more money. As far it being an adaptation on the book, it was terribly done but when the movie stands on its own and when you don’t take into consideration that strays from the book, it’s a pretty spectacular film.

  4. I adore Breakfast at Tiffanys! :)

  5. What a coincidence to catch this capture. I have just watched it recently that somehow i had avoided for so long.
    now it became my favorite movie and yes, audrey is the essential eternal princess.

  6. Guys. Can you at least mention the yellowface when you recommend this movie? Because it might offend some people.

    • Perhaps it could be mentioned that there is a racist character but I also feel it comes with watching old movies. These films are a representation of a place and time in history and it is a well known fact that Americans have been always been notoriously racist.

      Thank you for your input and for reading!

  7. I know about this movie, but I have never seen it. Where do I see the instant movie?

  8. Also: How perfect is it that Breakfast at Tiffany’s was made in 1961, and it ranked #61 on the list? Almost too perfect to be coincidence. :)

  9. I was named after Audrey Hepburn! My favorite Audrey movie is a tie between Paris When it Sizzles and Funny Face. But, since Breakfast at Tiffany’s is by far her most iconic film, I decided to borrow her vivacious character’s surname to go with my first name. Add to that my ‘unlucky’ lucky number, and my username for.. well, just about everything, was born!

    And that is the story of how I became AudreyGolightly13. Not that you asked, or were even interested. >.<

    • Is that your name on twitter? It’s always interesting to hear the back story on names, I’m sure most people get the reference to yours though, well, those of us who are fans of the movie!

  10. Ooh, I love this movie!! Good choice for this week! :)

  11. I was just a boy when my mom sat me with her and played this movie (my parents divorce was extremely difficult [go figure!] so “Mother & Son” time was always important) and ever since then I love this film! The film in it’s entirety is magical!
    Can’t wait to share the moment of watching it with someone special :)

  12. Omg, now I’m going to have Moon River in my head all day. I think it might be girly movie night.

  13. Paul Varjak: I love you.
    Holly: So what.
    Paul Varjak: So what? So plenty! I love you, you belong to me!

    I still melt at that part.

  14. Love her! This years is Breakfast at Tiffany’s 50th anniversary.. So I could finally buy Holly’s original sunglass, so awesome! =D