‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ 50th Birthday

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 Blake Edwards film adaption of Truman Capote’s novel, is having its 50th birthday.

In the 1958 novel, Holly Golightly(portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the film) is a young country girl arriving in New York City to find a wealthy husband, embarking on a wild, comedic streak in her search for “the one.”

In a 1968 interview with Playboy Capote stated that Holly was not “precisely a call girl, but a prototype of liberated females representing a whole breed of who live off men but are not prostitutes. They’re our version of the geisha girl.”

We can also in a sense thank Breakfast at Tiffany’s for spurning the cigarette holder, the timely classic little black dress. “What’s ground breaking about it is, I think, the way Audrey Hepburn became associated with that role, and the dress, the little black dress, and the hat and cigarette holder,” More magazine film critic Alison Bailes said during an interview with the CBS Early Show.

While not a blockbuster during its initial release, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been gaining popularity over the last fifty years. According to New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, “I think it’s true partly ’cause of the wonderfully charming and romantic and sophisticated view it gives of bohemian life in New York.”

Never saw the film? Amazon has versions for sale here.

If you’d rather stick with reading the classic novel, Click here to purchase its latest edition, released April 2011

You can see more coverage on Breakfast at Tiffany’s 50th birthday, watch video, and view the photo gallery at CBS Early Show page on CBS.com.

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