And I said, what about, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
She said I, think I, remember the film
And as I recall, I think, we both kind of liked it
And I said, well that’s, the one thing we’ve got
I’m hooked on Apple TV, if you must know. And yesterday afternoon I rented Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring the trés mignionne Audrey Hepburn and watched it for what I believe may the very first time, though I seem to recall some of the funny Mickey Rooney bits as Mr. Yunioshi. Hey, here’s the original trailer.
I just thought the film was a delight from start to finish. They just don’t seem to make ’em like that, anymore. Or, perhaps it’s because I’m just from a different era, or something. I note that the film was released in 1961, 47 years ago and the year I was born.
It’s just nice to see a feel good film where people are civilized, one could almost say, to a fault (excepting the bit of shoplifting, I suppose). Do you know what I mean? I could run things down, but the whole premise and undercurrent of the film is that people have their own lives, owe nobody anything, and you just get along or you don’t. I think perhaps the touchstone for what I’m talking about is Holly’s treatment of her estranged husband, Doc (Buddy Ebsen); and he of her. If that film was made today, people would be running all over getting restraining orders, calling out SWAT teams, and such. And oh, another great performance of politesse was that of John McGiver behind the counter at Tiffany’s, where Holly and Paul (George Peppard) had decided upon a budget of $10, with McGiver eventually and graciously agreeing to engrave a ring from a box of Cracker Jacks.
The one thing I don’t get about the film? Moon River. Yea, it’s certainly a true classic and great song, but other than Holly’s performance with Paul looking on from the fire escape, I just don’t really see how the song fits.
Great film, and you don’t need Apple TV, a trip to the video store, or wait for Netflix to watch it. Just go to the iTunes store on your Mac or PC and start watching it seconds after it begins downloading, for $2.99. What a deal. It’s great to know that I can watch it again any old time I want, and I don’t have to have a library of DVDs to do it.
And now here’s Deep Blue Something performing those 1995 hit lyrics, above, to video.
I hate to even bring this up, but I think my admiration of the film is pronounced by the fact that later that evening, Bea and I went for some dinner and then saw Vantage Point. I’m not going to dwell on it because it was just awful. It wasn’t really even a movie, as far as I could tell. Here’s what you get from the trailer: president gets shot; but not really; they kidnap him anyway. So I expected that since they gave all that away, the plot would proceed from there with the "vantage points" serving to help recover Mr. President. Nope. That’s it. The vantage points serve to explain the film to you in minute detail. You see the same 10 minutes eight times. From the perspective of art, it would be like taking the Mona Lisa and examining it under a microscope. That’s not how art is done, nor is it the point of it. So, two thumbs down; not even suitable to rent.