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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the craziest heroine who ever crept between the pages of a best-selling novel! 

Year: 1961 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Breakfast at Tiffany's

FREE courtesy of Deloitte.

An adaptation of a novel by Truman Capote, this must-see classic portrays the story of a young New York socialite who becomes interested in a young man who moves into her apartment building. Audrey Hepburn’s signature role as Holly Golightly is nothing short of wonderful to watch. The progression of the relationship between Holly and Paul (played magnificently by George Peppard), is enchanting to watch. But this is no typical boy-meets-girl love story. George Axelrod’s screenplay portrays two characters engaged in the same kinds of shady behaviour; there are twists and turns in the relationship between the leading characters, both concerned with associating with rich people. Whilst Paul (nicknamed by Holly as Fred in honour of her brother), finds Holly’s method of paying the rent unattractive, we are somewhat shocked when we discover that his interior decorator’s money is never far from his pant leg.

This film is brimming with memorable scenes such as the shoplifting trip. Additionally, some of the characters that are brought to life in this film will be etched in the mind forever. Patricia Neal’s excellent portrayal of the conniving interior decorator paying for Paul’s ‘affections’ contrasts perfectly with Holly who, whilst she lies so well that she actually convinces herself, is such an adorable character. Another character that is far from forgettable is Holly’s neighbour, Mr Yunioshi. This rather odd character brings regular humour to the film. The peculiar aspect of this film adaptation of the Capote’s book, is that celebrated parts of the novel have been emitted yet the film works perfectly. Additionally, the novel was set during World War II whilst the film takes place in 1961. This means that there are clear disparities between the two ‘versions’, yet both are excellent in their own right. The film brings to life the brilliance of the book with slight alterations which makes it new and refreshed.

This film is worth considerable admiration. It is a classic that has been appreciated by millions and will continue to attract new audiences for a long time to come. Sit back and appreciate. A free showing of this film is not to be missed!

Jenna Drennan

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Screenings of this film:

2003/2004 Spring Term (35mm)
2005/2006 Spring Term (35mm)
2015/2016 Spring Term (digital)
2015/2016 Spring Term (digital)