The 1961 romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from Paramount Pictures was directed by Blake Edwards with the screenplay written by George Axelrod based on the novel of the same name by Truman Capote. Starring; Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, José Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers, Stanley Adams, Claude Stroud, Elvia Allman and Mickey Rooney.
Before Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moved into his new apartment on the upscale East Side of Manhattan, he was a writer struggling to find inspiration to go on. But the gods must have understood his dilemma because he becomes totally intrigued with his eccentric neighbor, the ever-so-chic Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). Living with her cat who she has never given a name in a furnished apartment, she seems to possess a somewhat split personality; she is able to flit through parties looking completely at ease and sophisticated, but when she is away from the crowd, all of her vulnerability comes to the fore. She is interested in Paul, but her lifestyle has him so confused that he cannot figure out his own feelings, yet he does realize that at last he has found his muse.
As Paul interacts with Holly in her madcap existence, he learns that there is another side to her, a practical, yet somewhat daring persona. While she visits the Tiffany jewelry store to ease bouts of depression and frustration, she also earns her living by visiting a convicted mobster in Sing-sing prison. Her other source of income is from her escort assignments. But Paul’s lifestyle is not exactly conventional either; he has his patron who is affectionately called “2E” (Patrica Neal) to thank for his liberty to focus on being creative instead of how the rent will be paid next month.
Holly has some equally interesting friends who seem to appreciate her ability to carry herself in a way that encourages her Hollywood agent O. J. Berman (Martin Balsam) to host one of her wildly entertaining parties. At one of these wonderful evenings, Paul discovers that Holly was married to a much older man while she was still in her teens. When Paul meets her ex-husband Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen), it’s clear that he is still in love with Holly, although the marriage was annulled for many years.
Paul and Holly spend a day together and suddenly Paul realizes that he has stronger feelings for Holly than friendship. But Holly has her mind made up to marry a South American millionaire, Jose Villalonga, (Jose José Luis de Villalonga), move to Brazil and live happily ever after, but Paul has other ideas.