Its about Audrey Hepburn's career, and how her film Breakfast at Tiffany's changed the prevailing 50's norms into the looser 60's about sex in cinema and real life. It makes you want to see the movie and read the Truman Capote short story all over again, with a new understanding that BaT was that era's "Pretty Woman". Who knew? Its fun, detailed, informative, chatty, and a good read....
|Title||:||Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
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Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman Reviews
I generally am not a fan of Capote, I didn't care for the movie (except for the dress), but reading this book has made me want to both read, and watch; this time from a different perspective. The author gives a detailed account of the details behind, and the making of Breakfast At Tiffany's as well as the impact it had on the women of the early '60s. An easy, fun read. I enjoyed it on my Kindle.
When I first saw "Breakfast at Tiffany's," I was either in high school or my first year of college.
I loved Holly Golightly; I wanted to be just like her "Single and free -- living life on my terms." (I never even give a second thought to why she was getting $50.00 to go to the powder room.)
The movie became an romantic icon for me, and for most of my friends. It was how I got rid of my Mean Reds.
Omigod! I even named my dog, Holly.
Well, Fifth Avenue, 5AM:: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, ...more
Oh, what joy can be found in minutiae! While I'm not sure that the author accomplished all that he set out to find in this work (which reads like a spunky term paper) at least in terms of pointing Hepburn's performance of Holly Golightly as causing the dawn of the "modern woman" (whatever that means), but this is a fun collection of anecdotes of what led to the making of the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Behind-the-scenes of film stories are a particular favorite of mine, and while Was ...more
When Truman Capote sold the film rights of his novella 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to Paramount Studios he did not realise what drama was to follow. For a start Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the film's heroine Holly Golightly, who was a young woman working in New York City as an expensive escort and who was searching for a rich, older man to marry. But Monroe's drama coach Lee Strasberg advised her that playing 'a prostitute' would be bad for her image and she turned the part down. The studi ...more
I've recently become a big fan of a Hollywood history podcast called "You Must Remember This," and when I heard the episode on Audrey Hepburn, it cited this book, which I first heard of last year when the "101 Books" group read Breakfast at Tiffany's. I saw the movie years before reading the original, so I could only imagine Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly the whole way through, even though I knew that Truman Capote said she was all wrong for the part. This book goes into that conflict in detai ...more
I am not sure why the author felt he had to legitimize this film study by connecting the movie to a sociological study, because the book succeeds best as a consideration of the difficulties in modifying a complicated novel into a seminal film. While the author's conclusions are mildly amusing, it is clear that his real love is in tracing the making of this movie by delineating the characters and lives of the major players and intertwining them with the actual real time making of the movie.
The re ...more
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. looks at everything from the history of fashion, fashion in film, Capote’s writing of the book, Audrey Hepburn’s film career, and how Givenchy came to epitomize style and class all wrapped up in a little black dress. Wasson explores all of the subtle and not so subtle forces that came together to even make this film possible. There is enough name-dropping in this book to make your head spin, from Marilyn Monroe to Chanel; from Edith head to Givenchy, and everyone in between. ...more
I finished this right before the book club where we were reading Breakfast at Tiffany's and I have to say it's a great companion for the book. I just love reading more and more about Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's because it is a book I really enjoyed (even more than the movie!)