Quick Take: Easy read “making of” film history of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with a few pages of gender analysis interspersed
Makes Me Want To: Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s again, listen to my Henry Mancini playlist and check out Wasson’s book A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards
Recommended for: film history aficionados and fans of Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Thoughts: I like Audrey Hepburn, but I’m more a Charade and Roman Holiday girl (still haven’t seen Sabrina–I know.) than a Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan. Wasson’s book had a good review somewhere (probably the New York TImes) and my mom decided I should have it for my collection and gave it to me for Christmas.
I need to rewatch Breakfast at Tiffany’s and see if I connect with it more this time. I first saw the movie in high school and my 16 year-old- self wasn’t able to appreciate it. I remember eating pastries at Tiffany’s and Cat and delivering the weather report to the man in jail, and of course the iconic black dress and big sunglasses (my college roommate’s Halloween costume), but I don’t recall the other details, and I’ve never read the Capote story.
I do like film history though, and Wasson has an easy, approachable writing style. It’s not overly laced with shop talk, and I would recommend the book to film buffs. Oddly, I wouldn’t recommend this to people solely on an affection for Audrey Hepburn. I didn’t like her that much in this book. She put up with a lot of crap from Mel Ferrer, had little self-confidence and generally seemed child-like (ironic since Capote’s first choice was Marilyn Monroe who was deemed to child-like and not sophisticated enough to play Holly), rather than the modern woman she was supposed to be bringing to life.
As a woman’s studies student, I would have liked Wasson to talk more about Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the context of women’s changing roles in society and Hollywood’s depiction of them. From the subtitle, I thought there would be more of this analysis and was bit disappointed not to find as much of it. It’s still an enjoyable read for film fans, and coupled with the DVD, would make a great gift for Breakfast at Tiffany’s fans.