I've just seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for the first time

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I saw the Seinfeld episode recently where George joins the book club and has to read Breakfast at Tiffany's, but instead forces himself into the home of the family who rented it.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 16:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

A conversation between my wife and me concerning Audrey Hepburn:

SS: "I hate Audrey Hepburn!"
PP: "You, you what? How can you hate Audrey Hepburn?"
SS: "Because she gave up that cat in that movie!"
PP: "But it was a movie! In real life, she, like, helped feed hungry children and UNICEF and all that."
SS: "SHE GAVE UP THE CAT."

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 16:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm with you, but I don't feel up to playing nabisco and explaining why right now.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 16:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

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James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 24 March 2007 20:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

I Must Protest

James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 24 March 2007 20:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

WTF, SS is ass-backward: Audrey ran back and got the cat! Book-Holly abandons that sucker something fierce, setting up one of the better last sentences of a book I've ever come across. (Animal lovers will be happy to hear it gets taken in by a nice family in Harlem or something.)

nabisco, Saturday, 24 March 2007 22:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

the cat is pretty much the focal point of the movie for me. well, that and as i've already said: the party scenes (okay, am also a sucker for the very-early-morning nyc walking)

rrrobyn, Saturday, 24 March 2007 23:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

5 years pass...

It's really not very good.
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#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

she's much more tolerable in Charade, where her airheadedness is used as a comic device ("What does all this have to do with the CIO?")

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Charade" is the best

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kept wondering if they made Breakfast at Tiffany's today, would Holly be like some Cobrasnake Kreayshawn MySpace scene kid?

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mandy Moore as Holly, Peter Saaaaarsgaaard as the Not Gay One, Meryl Streep as the Jap.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kept wondering if they made Breakfast at Tiffany's today, would Holly be like some Cobrasnake Kreayshawn MySpace scene kid?

No.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Sunday, 1 April 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok then?

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

its settled

dayo, Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i kind of wish i knew some people old enough to see this in 1961, because I'm curious what the general opinion of Mr. Yunioshi was back THEN, unfiltered through 50 years of discussion and deconstruction

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anglo actors did broad racial shtick quite frequently then. Then you add in Rooney's subtle instincts.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

right, but I think everyone (at least with a brain) agrees that's fucked up in 2012?

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh. my. god. xp.

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

sure, I don't think you'll find someone on ilx defending the 'performance'. can't say the same for the rest of the country. xp

dayo, Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, frogbs still posts here iirc

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did a quick check of some books, and Sarris, Simon, and Farber turned up nothing in the way of on-the-spot reviews. One sentence from Dwight Macdonald, calling the film "botched." Kael liked Rooney a lot; you can weigh that against her penchant for provocation, especially when it came to political incorrectness, before it had a name. You can get the original Times review online, though: "Mickey Rooney's bucktoothed, myopic Japanese is broadly exotic."

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A05EED9173AE13ABC4E53DFB667838A679EDE

clemenza, Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

the cat is pretty much the focal point of the movie for me.

The cat is the only non-annoying character. As such, I applaud whoever made this edit, featuring only scenes with the cat in:

The cat has his own imdb page, by the way: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1248838/bio

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 1 April 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kept wondering if they made Breakfast at Tiffany's today, would Holly be like some Cobrasnake Kreayshawn MySpace scene kid?

― #yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:25 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark

she totes would

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 1 April 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

she'd be a m4rie call0way type right?

balls, Sunday, 1 April 2012 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I went to Tiffany's (NY)

Was in the lift. Was gonna ask lift dude if they get many people asking for the cafe/restaurant.

(bottled)

Mark G, Monday, 2 April 2012 06:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Love this--via Sullivan, art from people (by Craig Alan, who I take it is not unknown, though he is to me):

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink


(from his kindergarten years)

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

If you think that's big, then you should see the size of his parent's refrigerator.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

watched cat clip, maaaaan I'd heard about Golightly as the ur-MPDG but damn

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had to look up MPDG, but here's a list with Tiffany's at #11:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/wild-things-16-films-featuring-manic-pixie-dream-g,2407/

Never really had any interest in I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, now I do.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hepburn's got the MPDG thing goin' on as far back as Sabrina.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Moon River' is a depressing song.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do not agree

FP Sorrow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well I can just about stand it when Audrey Hepburn sings it, as it's an insight into Holly's always running attitude. But the string and choir heavy version that plays over the final scene is terrible.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some other versions I've heard are cool

FP Sorrow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 April 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Moon River" is easily the best thing abt the BTF film

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 April 2012 02:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

youtube clip of Nelson from the Simpsons, teary-eyed, watching Andy Williams' do an encore of Moon River in Branson, MO while en route to Tennessee with Bart and Milhouse in a rental car to thread!

Aimless, Monday, 23 April 2012 02:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Richard Brody vs Glenn Kenny on the casting of Hepburn.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting comment in there by, surprise, David E:

Carol Matthau (a woman who REALLY knew where all the bodies were buried) said Holly was a mash-up betwen her and truman himself. She was right.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

i love that line from (i think) wilson's onegin review, but it's how i feel about literally all of my friends. doesn't everyone?

a hauntingly unemployed american (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nabokov is always called the "winner" in their spat – why, because he was a better "stylist" and dickhead than Bunny?

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

well at least he spoke russian.

a hauntingly unemployed american (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there a word for "courtesy" in Russian

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never really did get into this movie much. Even the cat edit is sort of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

old people are made of poop (Eric H.), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"poshlust" xp

a hauntingly unemployed american (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

i hated this movie when i saw it but i was like 15.

a hauntingly unemployed american (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kenny's right inasmuch as Hepburn makes the transformation from po' white trash to Manhattan socialite credible but I've a problem generally with how Hepburn looks encouraged by Edwards to act more sophisticated and daaahling than she is. It's a cloying performance.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink


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