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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) - Deptford Cinema Book & Film Club

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

A book and film club for avid readers and Deptford cinephiles. Every second Sunday afternoon of the month, we will meet up to watch a film adaptation of a book or a writer’s biopic. In December, we will discuss the screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

A charming comedy that highlights the life of Holly Golightly and questions the traditional postwar role of women, showing their search for a new, self-determined identity.

Holly is an eccentric socialite living with her cat in the same Manhattan apartment block as aspiring young author Paul Varjak (Peppard). The restlessness and superficiality of New York life proves unsatisfactory to both.

The opening early morning sequence of Holly on Fifth Avenue in New York City, wearing sunglasses and having breakfast in front of Tiffany’s turned Audrey Hepburn into an icon of style.

Composer Henry Mancini won an Academy Award for Best Song “Moon River” and for Original Music Score.

Holly Golightly is one of the great heroines of modern literature. She came to represent the epitome of mid-century New York sophistication, a free spirit with chic style and endearing eccentricity. Of all his characters, Capote acknowledged Holly was his favourite. In a 1968 Playboy interview, Capote said “Holly was not precisely a call girl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewellery or a check… if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas.”

The novella's exquisite prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation" adding that he "would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany's".



  • STARRING: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Vilallonga

  • US

  • 1961

  • 110 MINS



Doors 2.00 PM

Film 2.30 PM

Audrey Hepburn, icon of style.

Audrey Hepburn, icon of style.

Well, the movie still looks very good, and you’d need a heart of stone not to love the cat.
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most stylish and iconic performances in this charming if slightly sentimental version of Truman Capote’s famous novella.
— Emanuel Levy
Edwards’ direction is smart; he has a way with fashionable comedy. Axelrod’s treatment of the Capote story is convincing in the changes it has made although some of his devices are disappointing, being overly familiar.
— James Powers, Hollywood Reporter