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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Released 1961
Distributor Paramount

Blake Edwards’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s bittersweet novella was a big hit in 1961 and garnered several Oscar nominations. The film’s title sequence, with “escort girl” Audrey Hepburn strolling the deserted sidewalks of New York while serenaded by Henry Mancini’s Moon River, is one of the most memorable moments in movie history. Also memorable, unhappily, is Mickey Rooney’s outrageously un-PC portrayal of Hepburn’s Japanese landlord, which has negatively impacted modern audiences and dimmed the luster of what was long considered a romantic classic.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.