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Maynooth Film for All: Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
When: Wednesday 3rd February 2010
Where: JHL2 John Hume Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth
Time: 7.45pm

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club screens the stylish classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Wednesday 3rd February at 7.45pm in JHL2 NUI Maynooth.
The movie's bittersweet romance, and its great sense of hip and heartless New York society in the late 1950s make Breakfast at Tiffany's a film that's still well worth watching.

Blake Edwards's adaptation of Truman Capote's classic novella is ideally cast with Audrey Hepburn in the role of Holly Golightly. Capote had always envisioned Marilyn Monroe in the part, and felt betrayed by the studio when Hepburn was cast. Yet the choice was inspired.

Hepburn holds the movie together in the role that defined her career. She brings a disarming artlessness to Holly and looks fabulous in her sophisticated clothes. Waving a long black cigarette holder around, and spouting odd little bits of French (calling one aggressive suitor "quel beast"). Yet she seems to float untouched above the seamier aspects of her life, only occasionally letting us see her vulnerability and loneliness. And despite all the glamorous party clothes, she's just as charming wearing a pair of jeans and a simple shirt when she sings the movie's hit song,” Moon River."

The movie is almost, but not quite, ruined by Mickey Rooney's hideously stereotyped performance as Hepburn's Japanese neighbour. Intended to provide broad comedy at the time, the scenes provoke intense discomfort today.

Movies are screened in JHL2 lecture hall in the John Hume building, North Campus, NUIM. The programme starts at 7.45pm with an introduction from Dr Denis Condon NUIM. The featured film then begins at 8.00pm.

Membership to Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is open to all over 18yrs. and costs €15.00 for the rest of the season. There is no joining fee for students just pay per view of €2.00 per night. Membership and subscriptions available on the night or drop into Maynooth Community Library, Tel: 01 6285530. For full programme, joining and membership details for Maynooth Film for all Film Club log onto 

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is supported by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service and The School of English, Media and Theatre Studies NUIM.