Thursday, June 07, 2012

Armchair BEA: Breakfast at Tiffany's


If I was in New York today, I think I would have to start with Breakfast at Tiffany's! Of course, it isn't all that original as I am sure that plenty of people who recreate the iconic opening scenes from the movie,  and I would NEVER look anything like Audrey if I was to do so, but it would still be fun.

We actually have a Tiffany's here in Melbourne, so in theory we could have breakfast at or near Tiffany's anytime we like, but there is something much more iconic about the idea of doing in front of the New York store. Here are the opening credits:











Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favourite films. I first saw it on a Saturday night in with a friend when I was in my late teens and now every time I see anything to do with that movie it makes me think of that friend. I have seen it numerous times since then, but one of my favourite times when I saw the movie was when I went with the same friend and a few others to an outdoor cinema screening of it in the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide many years ago. A balmy sunny night, good food and company plus a great movie equals great memories!

It's been a little while since I actually sat down and watched it again. Might be time for a rewatch!

Another thing I always think of now when I think about this movie is the song that came out in the 90s (I think or maybe early 2000s) by Deep Blue Something which was called Breakfast at Tiffany's. I have listened to the song numerous times this week and was hoping to include it in the post, but I can't find an embeddable version of the video, so if you want to listen to the song, click here.

If I had of been at BEA on Thursday I would have been at the front of the queue to get Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore signed by the author. Last year she came to Melbourne and I got Fire and Graceling signed so then I would I would have the complete set! I am sure that I would find plenty of other things to do too but that would have been possible!

Now though, it is time to get ready for what I am really doing this weekend, which will include lots and lots of bookish goodness as I am going to the Australian spec fic convention which is being held here this weekend!




10 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Kristin Cashore, yet, but my son would have happily stood in line with you for her autograph. He and his friend are big fans and have passed her books back and forth.

    I need to *read* Breakfast at Tiffany's. Have you read the story?

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    1. I haven't read the novella Nancy! I am not sure if I want to do that or just keep watching the movie every few years.

      I started Bitterblue yesterday and so far it is pretty good.

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  2. It's been a long time since I've watched Breakfast at Tiffany, maybe it's time to read it

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    1. Maybe, or just watch it again!

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  3. I wonder if we were at the same screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's Marg...I took my Audrey Hepburn loving goddaughter along to the Moonlight cinema here in Adelaide to see it a few years ago...it's a great memory for me too as it was her first time seeing the movie. You've made me want to do a re-watch too but all my DVDs are packed away as I'm in the middle of moving.

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    1. It's probably a bit weird to contemplate that there is every possibility that we have been in the same place at the same time at some point or another! lol

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  4. Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favourite films, too. Last year, which was its fiftieth anniversary (can you believe it?!), my husband gave me two books about the making of the film and the people involved. Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion by Sarah Gristwood has loads of rare photos and trivia - for example that a mere eight days were spent on location shooting around New York but that the party scene, by contrast, required an entire week. And Tiffany's had forty guards to "keep an eye on the jewels"! The other book is a paperback, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson. It is chatty and full of anecdotes, including things that were cut from the script, such as descriptions of a couple of scenes between Peppard's and Neal's characters that emphasised the sexual nature of their arrangement but instead of being seen as sophisticated were deemed indelicate.

    When I lived in Melbourne I went to a few of the Moonlight Cinema screenings in the Royal Botanical Gardens there. It was such a magical setting!

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    1. There is no way that movie is 50 years old! It definitely seems very timeless!

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  5. I like the song too.
    I could definitely do a Lindt Cafe breakfast at Tiffany's :)

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    1. Oh, that would be pretty awesome!

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