Few romantic movies have become as iconic as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Much of the glamor given to the production by critics and audiences is due to its leading lady, Audrey Hepburn, in a starring role that has become a staple part of movie history.
Hepburn’s Holly Golightly is apparently a wealthy socialite. But the truth is, her past isn’t as elite as she wants the world to think, and her financial affairs are in a growing state of disarray. Holly meets and is attracted to her new neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard), but instead of listening to her heart, Holly is determined to marry a wealthy man who could help her solve her monetary problems. Will Holly finally listen to her head or her heart? (Hint: it’s a romantic movie, what do you think?)
With that black Givenchy dress and the heartbreaking tune of “Moon River,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has become an all-time classic. Admittedly, the film has one glaring problem – white actor Mickey Rooney playing Japanese Mr. Yunioshi, with a stereotypical accent and offensive yellow face prostheses. The film’s producer, Richard Shepherd, admits in his 45th anniversary DVD release commentary (via Far Out Magazine), “If we could just change Mickey Rooney, I’d love the movie.” And if you just want to fast-forward Rooney every time he appears, you’ll be thrilled with the movie, too.