Some people who know me well know that I don’t watch many movies.
I just don’t. It’s a thing.
Plus, it’s hard for me to find a movie that I really love.
So I will often end up watching a movie with great intentions and then disliking or detesting it. Yes, I have several great kids movies in my arsenal, having just come off of that period in my life. And yes, I have several fantastic adult ones too.
Including, (she says guiltily) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
I only say this guiltily because my dad happens to have a large number of suspicions about the quality of the movie- in terms of acting, themes, production, etc. He has a degree in filmmaking.
But I use this as a guilty pleasure movie. And it is perfect for Saturday night in, especially if it’s rainy and you can hear the rain outside during the rain in the cab scene.
So when I saw this book, Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson on my recommended books list on Amazon (which is something else altogether, let me tell you), I bought it without second thought or even a peek inside. (This, for those who don’t know me well, is an extremely rare occurrence, as I almost always look inside books, especially online, to determine their “worth” to me before purchasing. So this was a big deal.)
It came in the mail with Adam Grant’s Give and Take and a package of graph paper. (You happen to get a glimpse of my online shopping habits as a perk of this post. Yipee.) I was in the middle of Friday Night Lights, but I read it next. And while I would say that I was not disappointed, I wouldn’t say I was greatly surprised either.
This book, pretty obviously by the long title, is about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” I thought it was about feminism in “Tiffany’s” (the shorthand they use in the book too), but it wasn’t so much. A lot of this book was about the dynamics between the people working on making the movie; Truman Capote, who wrote the novella, Blake Edwards, the director, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Harry Mancini, who created “Moon River,” and a bunch of other people. I found it a bit confusing, eventually, because there were so many people. While it seems a bit strange that in two of the books I’ve read recently I’ve mentioned too many characters, it could be because I can somehow read five or even seven books at once that are very different. Too many characters in one book who are so similar confuse me.
Now, that cast of characters (pun intended) wasn’t painful to read about like in some other books. I love Audrey Hepburn, so it was nice to read about her, and the little adventures of hers while they made the movie. I was surprised that they said that George Peppard was such a jerk, though I can see that they subtly played that in the movie a little bit. Paul Varjak is not the nicest of NYC implant guys.
When I say that it had less feminism than I thought, it was because most of the feminism they talked about was a chapter or two in the beginning-middle about how much sex appeal they could pull off with the times, and about the choice of Audrey Hepburn for that. There was no direct analyzation of symbolism as I was hoping there would be; clues in on the behind-the-scenes choices that the editors chose to make that impacted the way it was and is viewed. Not really happening in this book.
So, this book gets three and a half stars. I liked it well enough, but not that much. It didn’t really give me what I’d been expecting, and when it did, it was for an extremely short while- maybe not even half a page. Read this book if you’re a lover of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and want a guide-to-the-making-of-the-movie type of thing. Plus, you’ll get a couple pockets of feminism and choices made. Do not read this thinking that it will be a guide to analyzing the movie as I did, because you will be disappointed.
I should be off to read Give and Take now, to try to finish that and determine what I’m baking next week. Baking is going to be epic. I’ll post pictures. And hopefully a post on that wonderful Adam Grant book sitting in my room. And quotes. Or something like that.
Have a great day and pick up a great book!