Sunday, 24 February 2013

5th Avenue, 5am: Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffanys

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a film that I absolutely love, and a book that I've read countless times too. I definitely prefer the film and I think it's Audrey Hepburn at her best. Her acting is amazing and she looks so stunning throughout.

 photo FifthAvenueNew_zpse0f7d894.jpg

I've recently started reading 5th Avenue, 5am: Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffanys, by Sam Wasson and I've really been enjoying it. I haven't finished it yet, but I've been racing through it in my spare time: just before bed and on the trains on my way to work.

It's an absolutely fantastic book that looks at how Breakfast at Tiffany's came about, as well as looking into the personal lives of Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Edith Head and the writers/directors/producers of the film. I like knowing the history behind my favourite things and Wasson, with this book, provides the perfect insight into the behind the scenes of such an iconic film.

The book does a great job exploring how the whole movie came together and how the main players got to that point. And there was so much that I learnt too. Like for example, Marilyn Monroe was Truman's first choice for Holly Golightly and that the producers had a lot of hurdles to cross. There were problems with the initial script (to 'sexy' and inappropriate for the 1950's/60's), problems with the choice of actors and even with the theme of the film. My favourite bit was definitely reading about Capote's life and everything he went through in the run up to writing Breakfast at Tiffany's. He's such a brilliant and talented writer that I was fascinated in learning more about him.

What I loved was reading about Audrey Hepburn. She's an absolute icon and this film and her were perfect for each other, but I had no idea about her life. All she wanted was a happy family and it was so sad to read about her miscarriages. There was so much about her that I didn't know and the look into her real personal life impacted how I view the film now. I see her as much more of an inspiration than I initially did.

This is a fantastic book for all fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sam Wasson is a talented writer that does a fantastic job writing step by step how the film came about and why. The book really reads well and is a great to learn about a film that has had such an impact on the fashion industry. I can't wait to finish it! It's so well written and I encourage any fans of either Audrey, the film or even Capote, to read it and gain more of an understanding of how the book and the film came about. It's full of great little stories about those that made the film what it is and how it all came together to create the masterpiece that we know and love so well.

You can find more imformation about 5th Avenue 5am here.

Have you read this book?

Sherin xx

Copyright Statement

Copyright HiFashion

All photos are taken by me, unless otherwise stated. If you do see one of your pictures here and would like me to remove it, or you would like to use one of my pictures, all you have to do is send me an email and ask.