Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Very few actresses of yesteryear could have managed their way around this quirky story, an adaptation of a novella by Truman Capote. Audrey is Holly Golightly, an aimless, earnest wanderer; a beauty, a friend, a prostitute. When she befriends her upstairs neighbor, a struggling young writer with a—shall we say—older benefactress, Holly becomes his muse. What makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s wonderful is the darling, disjointed dialogue.
How to Steal a Million (1966)
Nicole Bonnet is the impeccably honest daughter of an infamous art forger in Paris. When her father’s secret is about to be exposed, Nicole knows there’s only one possible way to save him: she must break into a heavily-guarded Paris museum to steal a sculpture which belongs to her family. (“You don’t think I’d steal something that didn’t belong to me, do you?”) For help, she calls upon a man she’s met only once… when she caught him burgling her home in Paris.
This movie is colorful, romantic, and hilarious. Audrey’s Givenchy-rich wardrobe is stunning, her heavy, sixties eye makeup is artful even as she sleeps, and her chemistry with Peter O’Toole, the tall, blue-eyed “burglar,” Simon Dermott, sizzles.
Two for the Road (1967)
This is one of the most difficult films Audrey ever made. It follows the lifelong love story of Joanna and Mark, two people who meet when they are young, vagabonding around Europe. Albert Finney, the male lead, is likely more recognizable to most as Daddy Warbucks in 1982’s Annie, or Ed Masry in 2000’s Erin Brockovich.
As the world’s perspective on love and marriage began to morph in the 1960s, only Audrey Hepburn could manage to play a part like Joanna and not lose her lovability at the box office.
My Girl’s Guide to Classic Movies for The Zesty Digest:
- Flirtations in Black & White: A Girls’ Guide to Classic Hollywood
- Suspense & Style: Hitchcock’s Hot Summer Whodunits
- A Classic Film for Banned Books Week
- Sullivan’s Travels: Dark, Funny & Timeless
By Audrey Camp