Breakfast At Tiffany's | 1961
A film of the book would have been nice, but this cleaned-up jaunt through the edited highlights is jolly enough to be going on with, and Audrey Hepburn is, as always, a treat (although Marilyn Monroe was author Truman Capote's choice for the lead.
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is the flighty social butterfly with a past, who enjoys nothing more than an alfresco breakfast gazing in the window of swish jewellery store, Tiffany & Co, 727 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. Eight years later, the city looks much darker and dirtier in Midnight Cowboy as Joe Buck sees a body lying ignored on the sidewalk outside the store.
The green and white candy-striped awning of Golightly’s apartment building, where Mickey Rooney donned rubber eyelids as an an unlikely Japanese landlord, may have gone, but you’ll still recognise the townhouse at 169 East 71st Street, on the East Side, New York.
And, just for the record, this is a private home. The interiors were, as is usually the case, filmed on studio sets in Hollywood. Ever wonder why those shoebox-sized Manhattan apartments look so spacious on screen?