Of course, they don’t actually serve breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly is forced to bring her own—a Danish and coffee, eaten out of a paper bag—while she gazes longingly in the jeweler’s window at a world of luxury and wealth that seem so close but forever out of reach. She’s still dressed to the nines from the night before, in that famous black Givenchy gown and silk gloves, as she steps out of a taxi at dawn to nibble on pastry while window shopping on a deserted Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
It’s one of the most iconic opening sequences in film, and while some accounts of the shoot say the scene was fraught with difficulties (hordes of looky-loos clamoring for a glimpse of the star, her revulsion toward Danishes, an electrical accident that zapped a crew member), director Blake Edwards claimed that the scene was easy to shoot, with the usually busy street clearing up as cameras rolled. “It was as if God said, ‘I’m going to give you a break now, but for the rest of your career you’re going to have to live off this one,’” he recalled. According to his widow, Julie Andrews, Edwards claimed he got the scene in one take.
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