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Breakfast At Tiffany's

5

Light of touch, but unusually heavy of heart, this whipsmart romance set the bar for literate urban love stories and holds surprises aplenty for those only acquainted with Deep Blue Something’s dreadful tribute song. Although the tentative affair between flighty society girl Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and writer Paul Varjak (future A-Team leader George Peppard) twirls past with a half-drunk joie de vivre, and Hepburn’s enduring performance sired a long line of adorable NY ditzes (Annie Hall included), the film is more a dayglo Great Gatsby than your average romcom. Beneath the cute comebacks and cocktail chic Golightly brings to mind a desperate Dorothy forever fleeing Kansas for an Oz that will never materialise. Of the plentiful extras (including a producer’s commentary, three featurettes and a trailer), most are thinly disguised love letters to Hepburn. “You mustn’t give your heart to a wild thing,” Golightly warns. Too late…

 

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