Thursday, September 23, 2010

Giveaway: A celebration of Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sarah Gristwood's gorgeous companion book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany's (the film that is, not the book), is out next week in Australia. I'm offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy, ensuring much drooling over pics of Audrey and George Peppard and the streetscapes of New York (apparently the classic opening scene where Audrey was eating a danish on Madison Avenue had a crowd of gawkers watching on. And Audrey hated danishes).

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and let me know what your favourite Audrey movie is.

Is it Breakfast at Tiffany's, in which Audrey was able to imbue Capote's classic and complex call-girl character with a worldly vulnerability while she rocked a ukulele?

Is it her first big Hollywood picture Roman Holiday, which introduced her beautiful face to the world and won her an Oscar?

Is it Charade, where she got to play sleuth alongside Cary Grant, and act out a love affair with an age difference that was this time very convincing (that's more than I can say for Sabrina or Funny Face).

And speaking of Sabrina, how stunning did she look in that film? As both ingenue and elegant young woman, she was utterly mesmerising. I'd happily watch it again right now.

Fashion lovers might choose Funny Face, where Audrey played a beatnik turned reluctant glamazon with ease.

While drama lovers might choose The Nun's Story, where Audrey got to demonstrate her serious acting chops (and star opposite sexy Aussie Peter Finch).

And if I have to put my own nomination in (ask me again tomorrow?), I'm going to say My Fair Lady. I watched it again recently and thought that, quite apart from all the hoopla about Julie Andrews missing out on the part and Audrey's signing voice not being up to scratch (and Emma Thompson recently calling her performance 'twee'), Audrey really did become Eliza Doolittle to me. I couldn't quite imagine anyone else in the role.
If you are a follower, you'll get a second bite of the cherry, so don't forget to remind me. I'll select a runner-up too, who'll get a surprise gift (although don't be too surprised if it is some other book too. I work in publishing after all).


Leah said...

While almost all of her films are highly enjoyable, I'm going to go with Two For the Road... which for me is the height of Audrey chic!

Tart Deco™ said...

I LOVE Audrey Hepburn. My favorite movie is Funny Face. I actually based my wedding dress design on the dress in that movie.

I am also a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Wild Tea Party said...

I can't decide! I would have to say it's a tie between Paris When It Sizzles (that film was ridiculously corny but always cheers me up when I'm having a bad day) or How to Steal A Million.... Or War and Peace... or Breakfast at Tiffanys! Oh dear me. Really just all of them. Can I say that?

MC said...

Choosing a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie is so difficult! I think I'd have to say "Charade," however. It has everything I could ask for in a movie -- Audrey, Cary Grant, Paris, gorgeous Givenchy clothes, lovely music by Mancini, and a witty, suspenseful, romantic script.

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Hi Louise - mines a toss up between breakfast at tiffany's and My fair lady. Can't decide though, I'm bad at making up my mind :(

SATC2 Was actually okay, but only because I went into the movie expecting it to be terrible. I laughed alot, there were MANY ridiculous situations which would never happen to anybody in real life, and some of the fashion was bad. If you go into it not expecting much, you'll probably enjoy it. But its not even close to the SATC we know and love, its too big hollywood now.

We should do a catch up again with Ellen sometime you aren't run off your feet :)


Marta said...

My favourite film of hers is Breakfast at Tiffany's. Who could sing 'Moon River' like her? So sweet!

Marta said...

I'm a follower of your blog

Emma said...

i just adore audrey hepburn! it would be hard to pick one of her films especially out of all these gems but if i had to i would pick breakfast at tiffanys! but then again...

Veronica Darling... said...

I'm a follower as well, and I would agree that My Fair Lady is my fave, as it's what I watched the most growing up.

But Breakfast at Tiffany's would be next! And then Funny Face.

So many great films and great clothes!

Nick said...

Crikeys, this question is like choosing between a David Jones chocolate truffle, or a David Jones dark Chocolate truffle, or indeed any chocolate from David Jones.
I think My Fair Lady is up there. I found myself and daughter in the car the other day singing and reciting Eliza's lines. I gave her Pygmalion to read and we were critiquing. A very special mother/daughter moment...especially when we both hit the "oooowwwww" tone perfectly and sung in unison "Oh wouldn't it be lov-er-lee?"
Oh by the way, I am a your blog.

Brooke said...

Sabrina, it was the first Audrey film I saw. I have been enchanted ever since.

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Audrey is a delight to watch, I love her! My Fair Lady is my fave Audrey movie and The Nun's Story is a very very close second fave. Thank you for this fab giveaway! :)

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

P.S I'm a follower.

Lizzie said...

It's hard to choose, but I guess Roman Holiday.. or maybe Charade.