A little Audrey Hepburn always improves the day

It was another cold, cloudy Thursday here in Seattle and I found myself reverting to old-time classics to get through the day. Luckily I was reminded of my adoration for all movies featuring Audrey Hepburn and thus rewatched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and saw Charade from beginning to end for the first time.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly looking chic & ready for a busy day in 5 minutes while Paul becomes smitten with the delightful extrovert.

In case any of you are unaware of the story of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in short, it is about a young, exuberant socialite, Holly Golightly, who attempts to hunt for a rich husband but ultimately wins over the heart of a penniless yet thoughtful and caring writer, Paul Varjack. And you can never forget the hauntingly charming tune “Moon River” created specifically for Audrey Hepburn’s vocal range. I adore that song. The opening scene of this film also makes me so nostalgic of Manhattan – the streets still look the same in 2015 and sunrise in the city is really one of the few times when the city is quiet as its citizens begin to get ready for yet another day. While I’ve yet to read the book upon which this movie is based, the movie has some similarities to the plot of one of my favorite books in English literature, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. I’ll have to check out Truman Capote’s book to see if the literature has any similar parallels.

Charade – collaboration and strategy is necessary when three vandals are also after $250,000

In Charade, Audrey Hepburn plays a widower, Regina Lampert, who is on a wild goose chase to hunt down a quarter million dollars which her husband was responsible for hiding back as a secret service agent during World War II. However, the poor widower’s life literally hangs at her retrieving the money in time as others believing the money should be theirs literally chase her day and night. It’s not quite on-par with thrillers of modern day however I was able to tolerate this far better than most thrillers that get released in theaters today.

In Roman Holiday, the Princess gets to sightsee Rome as a commoner though unwittingly in the presence of an incognito reporter.
In Sabrina, the title character gradually begins to fall for the brother having been in love with the younger brother her entire life.
In Sabrina, the title character returns from Paris a changed woman (with taste) and gradually begins to fall for the older brother having been in love with the younger brother her entire life.

Roman Holiday and Sabrina are also Audrey Hepburn films which I totally adore an have rewatched on many occasions. I love Sabrina the most due to the wonderful outfits, music and hilarious segments of a totally innocent Sabrina acting so innocuously on many occasions.

At some point I’ll have to watch Funny Face and see how Mr Fred Astaire compared to all the other dashing leading gentlemen with whom Audrey Hepburn was lucky to have been paired up in her other feature films. Audrey’s characters always have such a palpable grace, poise and charm to them and her beautiful manner and exquisite eyebrows really make films in which she stars such a joy to relish. If you have downtime this weekend, check out one of Audrey Hepburn’s movies!


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