July Dinner and a Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Sunday, July 5, 2009


For this month’s Dinner and a Movie event, I’ve selected another one of my favorite films of all time – Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an utterly delightful, yet occasionally dark film about life, love and following your dreams. It was directed by Blake Edwards and stars the heavenly Audrey Hepburn and the hunky George Peppard. The movie was based on a 1958 novella of the same name written by Truman Capote.

Played by Hepburn, the film’s main character Holly Golightly, is a charming and madcap gadabout working her way through cocktail parties (and men) on Manhattan’s swank East Side. She lives in partially furnished apartment, owns a cat with no name and earns her living collecting “powder room money” from the the wealthy men she dates. She also gets rid of the “mean reds” by visiting Tiffany’s jewelry store, where she says, “… Nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets….”.


Holly is a nomad, ever seeking a place that she can call home. She never allows herself to care too much or get too attached to anyone or anything, because she is always searching. Almost everything she says and does in the film illustrates this outlook on life, and her inability to settle down. For her, the famed Tiffany’s represents security and a sense of belonging. Yet, these are the very things that Holly runs from.

Enter Paul Varjak, or “Fred”, as Holly calls him. Paul is a struggling young writer who moves into Holly’s apartment building one day. Paul is everything that Holly is not – staid, conservative and responsible. Still, the two become fast friends and ultimately fall in love.


The psychological struggle between the need for stability and the desire for freedom is evident throughout the film, and is perhaps the central theme of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This conflict defines the relationship between Paul and Holly, who are opposing forces drawn together, each pulling out what they lack from each other. Holly Golightly’s story is perhaps in some way a part of all of us. The part that is constantly searching for our place in the world.

Aside from its subtext, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is all at once quirky, funny, stylish, sophisticated, and bittersweet. And, Audrey Hepburn is sublime! What more could you ask for in a movie?

I hope you’ll join my co-host Marc from No Recipes and I in this month’s Dinner and a Movie. I think there’s lots of inspiration to be found in Breakfast at Tiffany’s from breakfast dishes to cocktail party fare.


If you want to play along, visit our Dinner and a Movie page to get the rest of the details. Try to get your submissions in by the 20th of July, but a day or two later is okay. I’ll post the roundup by the 25th.

65 responses to July Dinner and a Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  1. On July 05, 2009 at 10:58pm, Manggy said...

    I'm, uh, finding a way I can watch this movie :) I hope I can think of something and make it! :)

  2. On July 06, 2009 at 1:52am, Nina Timm said...

    Great movie choice!! Every time I look at Audrey Hepburn, I am amazed at her beauty!!! And that without Botox. plastic surgery and all the expensive creams and things you can buy today!!!

  3. On July 06, 2009 at 6:58am, squawmama said...

    Hi Susan… First I want to thank you for your lovely comments on the wedding… I am glad it is over and we can all get on with our other plans… LOVE that movie and LOVE George Peppard Haven't seen it in a long time… Think I'll go rent it… Have a good day


  4. On July 06, 2009 at 8:18am, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    Wonderful movie choice! I hope I can play this time – we're gone from the 11th – 19th, so it might not work.

  5. On July 06, 2009 at 10:32am, noble pig said...

    Oh how I love that film!

  6. On July 06, 2009 at 12:22pm, Mom2Be said...

    I just saw that movie for the first time not to long ago and I loved it! : )

  7. On July 06, 2009 at 5:01pm, Kristen said...

    Susan, I haven't seen that movie in years. I am hoping that I can find time to do so and join along this month. Sure sounds like fun :)

  8. On July 06, 2009 at 5:09pm, Wicked said...

    I might have to participate in this month, as it's been a while since I last watched the movie.

    Odd note: My mother actually knew the girl who was the inspiration for Holly Golightly.

  9. On July 06, 2009 at 6:38pm, Annie said...

    I loved that film also…Great idea!

  10. On July 06, 2009 at 8:30pm, Bellini Valli said...

    Excellent movie choice Susan, I love the classics:D

  11. On July 06, 2009 at 10:08pm, Esi said...

    This is one of my all time favorite movies and I am so upset they are trying to do a remake. Anyway, I will totally try to find some time to participate.

  12. On July 07, 2009 at 6:46am, memoryminded said...

    I haven't seen this movie in ages and think it will make a great "Girl's Night Out" choice. I LOVED your synopsis of the movie. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. On July 07, 2009 at 11:01am, pinkstripes said...

    I just saw this movie for the first a couple weeks ago!

  14. On July 07, 2009 at 11:46am, Kristen said...

    One of my favorite movies of all time! Great choice!

  15. On July 07, 2009 at 2:56pm, TheGourmetGirl said...

    Sounds like fun, I'll have to ponder this one and get back to you.

  16. On July 07, 2009 at 8:54pm, anna said...

    Ooh, this is a movie I really should see. I'll try my best to participate, though the rest of my month is kind of insane.

  17. On July 08, 2009 at 12:27pm, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Do you know I've never seen this movie? There is a whole list of classic movies I've never seen. I was never even sure of the plot! Thanks for the recap. Now it's time for the Netflix queue!

  18. On July 15, 2009 at 5:09pm, Nisha said...

    Im actually new to food blogging and so am looking at inspiration through events like these. I love the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and would love to try my hand at some interesting grub. Will submit the post!

  19. On July 21, 2009 at 12:56pm, Hillary said...

    Ah shoot! I just saw this. I love this movie and have that same poster at the top of your post! (I also love the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something). Great choice for the roundup!

  20. On July 21, 2009 at 9:27pm, UPrinting said...

    Darn, I haven’t seen that movie. Naturally, because I wasn’t even born yet when it came out, but I still want to see it. Audrey Hepburn is so beautiful she makes me cry. T_T

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    Whatever happened to the dinner & movie event? Looks like it died in August last year? Would’ve loved to participate! Please drop me a line if you ever decide to resurrect it.

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