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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Released 1961
Distributor Paramount

About Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.