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breakfast at tiffany’s…

July 7, 2006

watched “breakfast at tiffany’s” for the first time since i was 10 or something… don’t ask me why but it was one of the silly ideas i had while i was feverish… wouldn’t that be nice to watch a romantic comedy to make me feel better… audrey hepburn with that little black dress holding a long cigarette holder with that sweet smile… and george peppard from my childhood favorite “the A-team”…
as the opening credit went by, i was pleasantly surprised to see that patricia neal and martin balsam were in it… impressive… then mickey rooney… hmm… as a japanese guy… then it was based on truman capote’s novella… wow, didn’t know that…
then the movie began… cute, sweet, pretty to look at with many weird details… like holly (audrey hepburn) having been married to a horse doctor when she was 14… ok… and gets paid 50 bucks to go to a powder room… ok, whatever that means… then paul (george peppard) has a rich older girlfriend (patricia neal) who pays for everything including an apartment full of luxury items such as a gold toned telephone and fancy beaded drapes… ok… and the story is, i guess, cute… about love conquers all… two people in situations they don’t want to be in anymore and want things to change… then finally george peppard’s love reached audrey hepburn’s tender-but-self-observed-heart and made her feel what really being in love is like and give her some sense of hope… think that’s what the movie was trying to show…
however i didn’t feel any warmth from the movie… somehow it felt distant, a bit shallow and too cute… ok, audrey hepburn’s holly is cute, adorable and every little thing she does with her eyes are pretty amazing, especially when she’s trying not to cry… but i couldn’t connect with her… same for george peppard’s character… i think it’s because the characters seem to want to change their lives but wasn’t necessarily “tormented” by it… george peppard’s paul didn’t seem to feel all that bad about getting money from patricia neal for his service… ok, he tries to write stories and seems to be offended when patricia neal writes her “last”check for him… but he doesn’t pack his stuff from the apartment… well… it wasn’t dark enough to be light…
so…
it didn’t make me feel better… eh… should have watched “the apartment” again…

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11 Comments
  1. I’ve always thought that movie was rather creepy. My parents rented it when I was little, and I didn’t like it at all. None of the characters’ emotions range true to me.

  2. i agree with you it being creepy… too bad i didn’t remember all the details from the first time i saw it… think it was due to poor translation into korean… for example i had no idea that audrey hepburn’s character was a call girl until when i saw it again last week… and her being married to the horse doctor when she was 14… there’s even a hint of incest between her and her brother… i might be reading too much into it… it’s a bit strange that so many people think this movie is “romantic”…

  3. ok… maybe not incest… hmm…

  4. hhhmmm… while in no way do i think that breakfast at tiffany’s is a perfect film i also think that so much of our enjoyment and appreciation of a film depends on the mood you are in and the expectation etc… i think that especially revisiting a film seen in childhood can be dangerous (for example, i watched brazil when i was 12 years old and it was the most magical film i’d ever seen… i watched it again 15 years later and it was impossible for the film to live up to my nostalgic expectations…) every time we watch a film we’re in a different mood, with different people, with different expectations, especially with regard to much older films, in a different historical timeframe… having seen capote i think it would be difficult to watch breakfast at tiffany’s as a light piece of romantic fluff without thinking of the darker side and suggested character of the author but, currently living in japan, where audrey hepburn is immensely popular and roman holiday is regularly cited as a favourite movie i can see the aspects of the film which appeal to the cute club… (i also find it interesting how the mickey rooney character would be considered offensive these days, but that’s another story…) this is an interesting thing about genres. historically many things can change but what’s considered morally or culturally acceptable within that genre can change radically within just a decade, let alone 40 or so years… anyway, i’m glad you mentioned the a-team. i grew up watching their wonderfully executed formulaic plans. as a child the predictability was the attraction… as an adult i don’t think i could get back to that wide-eyed acceptance of spoonfed-shopping-list-programming but, i’ll always have a nostalgic soft spot in my heart for the adventures of hannibal, murdoch, ba and face… i hope you feel better soon. keep up the good work.of recent(ish) films seen i recommend v for vendetta, wolf creek , sympathy for lady vengeance, wallace and gromit in the curse of the were-rabbit and hidden… happy july!

  5. hey, maybe you already know about this movie: Water, directed by Deepa Mehta. It’s an Indian movie. I saw it in Midtown. If you haven’t seen it, PLEASE go see it. I dunno if it’s showing still… though.. 😛 if it’s not, check with Netflix. It’s a movie you can’t miss!!!

  6. well, i had the same fear about revisiting “the usual suspects” the other day… but i absolutely loved it…! there are many movies i’ve watched as a kid and still love… for example, “singin’ in the rain” is one of those magical movies i saw even only a part of it as a kid yet it’s still my favorite movie… and i personally don’t have problem with all the politically-incorrected parts of the old movies… and in fact i think these days people are too politically-correct… i didn’t think mickey rooney’s casting was bad… he was great… but it was blake edwards who regretted it…loved wallace and gromit movie… saw it when it came out… the others, not yet… since i’ve been sick, have been watching movies like crazy… love it…!thanks for the comment and have a great july… oh, go and see an inconvenient truth…!!!

  7. Oh, I totally agree with the comment by violinuts! Deepa Mehta is wonderful.

  8. Never watch Stalker for a second time! Even if it was the greatest film you ever saw. Even if Tarkowsky is one of your favorite film makers.It’s a terrible experience, I was so disappointed!OK, confession, I was young and stoned at that time, otherwise I probably wouldn’t end up in the same film twice, actually I wanted to see Solaris…But I saw Antonioni’s L’Eclisse the other day, it was actually better then the first time. Wow! The images are unbelievably great.Before that I watched Dogville, finally. I missed it when it came out. I was always curious about this kind of minimal stage set. Not that easy to act in this one I guess.What a depressing story (as usual in VonTrier’s films)! The whole Christian lie about poetic justice and equity, here it is, directly in your face. And then this provincial hopelessness and all the suspiciousness and furtiveness, help! And on top of that “Young Americans”…It’s surprisingly the first film I somehow developed a certain sympathy for Nicole Kidman. Normally I can’t stand her.Oh, remembers me, I wanted to do a Kingdom night since long time, all chapters in one night, let’s see, netflix…

  9. oh, my god… “kingdom” was soooo scary when i saw it about 10 years ago… don’t know if i can watch it again… you are brave… as a matter of fact, all lars von trier’s movies are so intense and heart wrenching, i have a hard time thinking about watching them again… when i finished watching “breaking the waves” 7-8 years ago at 3 am in the morning, i couldn’t stop sobbing… even now even just thinking about the movie, i choke up… wow… yeah,, thought “dogville” was brilliant… trier doesn’t go half way in anything… the ending was just absolutely brilliant… so gutsy and honest you cannot look away… although the first half an hour of the movie, i had hard time trying not to get nauseous with hand held camera…never got into tarkowsky phase yet… although he is definitely one of the directors i’d love to get to check out soon… this summer i decided to did a bit more into european movies… haven’t watched “l’eclisse” yet… have to say antonioni is the one who got me interested in italian cinema after watching “la notte”… watched “les diaboliques”, “wages of fear”, “”nights of cabiria”, “that obscure object of desire”, “masculin feminin” within last 5 days… they were all amazing… also watched “spirited away” for the first time and how magical it was…! whenever i watch miyazaki’s film, i always cry… also watched “strangers on a train” again and it still is amazing… and the same for “ace in the hole” and “wild bunch”… wow… would love to watch “brazil” again but a bit scared after reading what lasopa said… still think terry gilliam is great… don’t you just love watching movies…?

  10. Oh, Bunuel! I was deeply into it!I made even a video artwork, about the shockingly awful eye/razorblade scene of Le chien Andalou, but that’s back in time, in the artschool.France: Godard, Chabrol sometimes, sure!And I love Truffaud and even Tati (specially Playtime).Italien cinema? Do you like Pasolini?How about Almodovar (Spain) or Tanner (Swiss)?And what about Fassbinder and Wenders?Watching films? Yes I do like it!And I’m always very impressed, it’s such a huge project to realise a film, wow, hats off!But, to be honest, I’m not an expert in movies, even if it sounds like, I always forget the names of all the actors. I probably wouldn’t even recognize them crossing my way on the street, and if, I wouldn’t even know who it was (ok, I run into Jessica Parker last week in Soho, exception).There was always people around me keeping me up to date, I was more the specialist in independent music.I just start filling up gap in education.Thanks to Netflix!Here’s probably why:I don’t love it so much going to the cinema.It’s too expansive, I don’t know where to place my legs, I hate the rustling and smelling of pop corns and there’s always someone behind me pushing he’s knees into my back – and why the hell do they all have to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes?I just want to concentrate on the movie, diving into it, and I want to be able to cry or sob if I feel like, and sometimes I just need a drink (or shaved ice cream?).I like having people around me, I like to watch films with friends, but in a way watching movies is a very intimate, private thing for me, I don’t often feel like sharing this experiece with strangers…hmm…never really thought about it…interesting…

  11. oh, my god, i totally agree with you on going to theaters these days… i rarely go unless they are showing some older movies that cannot be found easily… or some new movies that absolutely interest me… but do hate going to the theaters surrounded by people… be honest, i like going by myself… i’m kind of a snob that i hate people eating popcorns while watching movies… and have to sit through the end of the movie including all the credits and need to sit in the middle… if i don’t get a good seat, i get very very cranky… and i don’t want to hear what people thought about it as soon as it was over while i’m still digesting what i just saw… so i tend to go to the movies during the weekdays… still that doesn’t guarantee that i’ll have a good experience… yes, i do find watching movies a very intimate thing to do and don’t do it with other people unless i really like them… rather watch it by myself or special someone… also someone who has a good taste… i went to see “stalag 17” with a friend who doesn’t know so much about movies and when he asked me after the movie “so who was billy wilder”, i was ready to kill him… hmm… yes, i’m a snob…uh, i haven’t seen that many european movies yet… but those directors you mentioned are definitely in my list to watch… i’ve watched godard, truffaut, pabst, bergman, antonioni, visconti, fellini… not fassbinder or tati but soon… oh, i love almadovar… think he is definitely one of the most exciting directors of now… also i love meirelles who did “city of god” and “constant gardener”… and inarritu who did “21 grams”… seems like there are more amazing directors outside hollywood… not surprising… i’m not an expert in movies by no means but i truly love watching movies… i even think my music is way more influenced by movies than music… well… oh, i just happen to be addicted to internet movie database that helps me about details…

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