George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn pour on the emotion in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: CENTENNIAL COLLECTION (Paramount, 1961) D: Blake Edwards, w/ Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard. Rating: NNNNN; DVD package: NNNN Rating: NNNNN
As Hollywood romances go, this is as good as it gets.
Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, who dates men for money. Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a struggling writer being kept by an older woman, moves in upstairs. Romance ensues.
Driving that simple story is a wealth of complex, poignant emotion, great acting, smart comedy (the party scene is Blake Edwards at his best) and clever plotting. Plus, Audrey Hepburn is also as good as it gets, as is her heartbreaking version of Moon River.
The only worm in the apple is Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi - Asian stereotyping at its worst, and painfully at odds with the rest of the movie. What were they thinking?
Contemporary Asian responses to Mr. Yunioshi take up a full segment of the mostly new and highly enjoyable extras. Much stranger and tons of fun is the reunion of the cast from the party scene.
EXTRAS Disc one: producer Richard Shepherd commentary. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles. Disc two: party scene reminiscences, Henry Mancini, Asian perspective, making-of, Hepburn style and Tiffany's docs. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish subtitles.