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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Anniversary Edition DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Producer Richard Shepherd Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on March 21st, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He candidly speaks about his opposition to Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese man but director Blake Edwards wanted his scenes kept in. Apparently, Marilyn Monroe wanted to play Holly but Audrey Hepburn was Shepherd’s first choice. There are quite a few lulls of silence between comments which makes listening to this track something of a chore.
Reviewed by bryan00009 on June 2nd, 2006:Find all reviews by bryan00009
Okay, given that the movie was made 45-plus years ago and most of the cast is dead, it's nice to hear from someone like Mr. Shepard, a producer who was actually involved. Like any good commentary, he contributes lots of observations ranging from the specific to the banal, like locations, how actors were chosen, and facts like Blake Edwards was not the original choice for director. Understandably, on some things he tends to be vague, "I seem to recall... my memory is...", he tends to repeat his observations, "as I said previously... I just want to reiterate...", and he tends to be a little too obvious, "using a typewriter seems very dated." It's like listening to your grandfather tell an interesting old story, even if he is a little short on the details. Mr. Shepard should be given credit for a producer's eye in recognizing important plot points contributing to a good story, which many professional critics and actors will rarely note. For example, from the bus station scene, "Of course, she is Lulla-Mae. That's what it's about." All in all, a warm and embracing commentary for a rich, romantic and classic film. Well done.