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“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” The opening scene in Blake Edwards’ 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella captures Fifth Avenue in the wee, small hours of the morning as the eccentric, fragile heroine Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn in an Oscar-nominated performance) is dressed in a black gown and sunglasses as she noshes on a pastry while staring at the jewels in Tiffany’s picture window. More of a dark romantic comedy than a carefree romp, “Tiffany’s” also stars George Peppard as her new apartment neighbor Paul, with whom she falls in love despite the fact that he is a kept man being “maintained” by a wealthy patron (Patricia Neal) while he writes his novel. Orangey plays Holly’s beloved cat, who is instrumental in the film’s teary-eyed romantic finale. The only fly in the ointment is Mickey Rooney’s over-the-top, outrageous, stereotyped performance as her landlord, Mr. Yunioshi. The exteriors were shot on location, except for scenes on the apartment’s fire escapes and when Paul and Holly look for the cat in the rain. The rest of the film was shot in Los Angeles. Associated Press
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