Great Moments In Film – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
I’ve already written about Breakfast at Tiffany’s (more specifically about Holly Golightly). “Moon River” is the theme of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Here it’s used to show a depth to a character that we haven’t quite seen before. Prior to this, Holly appeared to be a simple, shallow young woman (okay, so she’s basically an high-end prostitute) on a quest to marry the richest man she could fine. Paul (the man seen in the clip), like us, are taken by her: she’s not just shallow, she’s also extremely witty and very intelligent in her own way. Okay, and she’s drop dead gorgeous, too. But now, we see her (out of the shower, sans her usually makeup) at her simplest: she’s just a girl with a guitar singing what she truly longs for.
An interesting tidbit is that a voice actress was originally going to be used instead of allowing Audrey Hepburn’s to sing the song herself. She proved that she could sing well enough, I suppose. Is she classically trained? No, not by a long shot, but there’s an authenticity here that would have been missing without her real voice. Her little mistakes just makes it more real. Plus, her acting here is arguably the best work she did in the entire film. It’s just a lovely moment in general.
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