Bon Anniversaire, Party Girl!
49 years ago today was the jazzy New York premiere of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, chéris. Thank you, Billy Wilder, for letting Audrey shine as the divine Holly Golightly – and merci, Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini, for that marvelous Moon River melody.
No thanks to Truman Capote, who – if he had his way – would have filled Holly’s kitten heels with Marilyn Monroe. Quelle horreur! No offense to Marilyn, but even she could not have delivered those Holly-esque lines so purrrfectly.
I’m delighted to say my love of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is based on the effervescent images portrayed by Audrey et amis on the silver screen, rather than on the pages of Capote’s novella.
Holly, Paul, Cat, Tiffany’s, and lovely Manhattan were positively charming and unforgettable in their roles. Sally Tomato, José da Silva Pereira, Mag Wildwood, O.J., and Rusty Trawler (“the ninth richest man in America – under 50!”) were all a hoot. Piles of gratitude also to Mr. Givenchy for that iconic LBD…
Besides the delicious characters and fashion statements, one of the most memorable pieces of the film is the music – j’adore Mancini’s entire musical film score! Moon River will forever evoke memories of Holly’s tiara & Givenchy-draped silhouette strolling down Fifth Avenue…
Perhaps just as memorable is Audrey’s own rendition of the song, as she strums a ukulele while sitting on the fire escape of Holly’s brownstone. This scene was almost tossed to the cutting room floor by Billy Wilder, until Audrey stated, “Over my dead body!” and he quickly changed his tune. If you ask moi, this little tidbit makes the scene even more endearing.
So long for now, Moon River, I’ll be crossing you in style some day.