Adaptation Analysis Of The Film And The Novella Breakfast At Tiffany's

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Maciel Course Project: Adaptation Analysis "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 9Breakfast at Tiffany'sBy Truman CapoteFilm Adaptation:Produced by Jurow-ShepherdDirected by Blake EdwardsScreenplay by George AxelrodI begin by describing my adoration for the film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. I have loved this film for many years since watching it when I was a younger woman in my 20's. I considered it iconic. Iconic for the representation of beauty in Audrey Hepburn, the lifestyle of the New York high society social scene, the high fashion of the early 1960's and the way the different characters are portrayed as almost caricatures although we can all relate to similar people we've met in our own lives. The film is set in 1960 and watching it is like a snapshot in time.The film is a loose adaptation of the novella by Truman Capote. There are many differences in the film from the written work and it can be argued that it is actually a close adaptation since there is an abundance of dialogue that seems to be taken directly from the text of the story.The film is about a young writer named Paul who moves into a brownstone apartment in New York City in 1960 and develops an unusual friendship with a neighbor named Holly Golitely. She lives an unorthodox lifestyle where she does not work but makes money by keeping company with rich men who give her money and gifts. She is candid about this and in fact enjoys the shock value of sharing her views and her antics with Paul. Holly has a nameless cat and a barely furnished apartment, a reflection of her constant state of keeping disconnected and unattached. She refers to Paul as Fred who is her beloved brother. Holly is very aloof and detached although her goal is to marry one of these rich men and has no qualms about revealing that goal to Paul. He is intrigued by the way she portrays herself as aloof but he can see she is a vulnerable and frightened girl. The interesting thing about their connection is that she sees him as someone safe and a confidant so their relationship evolves and progresses even though she does not see Paul as a marriage option.The genre of the film can be considered a romantic comedy since there are many enjoyable, comedic scenes in which their relationship unfolds. All along, Paul becomes almost the caretaker for Holly whenever she gets in a bind or is in an emotional low (the mean reds). Paul sees this as a natural progression of a relationship, how intimacy grows. Holly just sees him as a dear friend, so she says. Holly has her own rules and her own set of values and is very concerned with not becoming a "caged bird" so as she tries to find a husband, the safest kind would be one who is wealthy and will give her a great life, love is not necessarily in the equation. Paul is almost like an outside observer as he begins to fall in love with this aloof yet sensitive girl. Slowly her painful past is revealed, giving him insight into the pain she hides. He finds out about her being a teen...

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