Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Review of "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's and the Dawn of the Modern Woman" by Sam Wasson
I'm not too proud to admit that I had never read Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," nor had I see the movie with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. But when I ran across the book "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's and the Dawn of the Modern Woman" by Sam Wasson, I was inspired by the book to seek out the original story by Capote and view the film!
I am SO glad that I did! Not only is the original story a masterpiece of a short story, the film was just a wonderful experience to view!
And after securely anchoring these two mediums under my belt, I was ready to see what Sam Wasson had to add to the image and the allure of this classic story and film. And I was not disappointed at all.
Here is a little about the book:
Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey—dainty, immaculate—is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961.
The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star.
With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.
In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before—through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it enlightening on the process of making the movie that is still adored today! If you are an Audrey Hepburn fan - get this book!
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