Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DIY Double Feature | A WOMAN IS A WOMAN & BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

I recently saw A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, and --- I want to move into this movie and never leave.

Wait, while I’m at it, I want to be 28 again, and then move into this movie and never leave. I don’t usually want to be 28 again. But to live in this film, I think it’d be best to be 28.  Tops.



Since I can't move into the movie, I'm going to make it half of a DIY Double Feature.  I was thinking it should be paired with something contemporary, maybe someone like Wes Anderson, but then I saw that A WOMAN IS A WOMAN and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S were both released in 1961 and...

If you watch Godard’s film first, it seems to scrub off all the silly reverence that has been built around Blake Edwards' film over the last decade or so, and seems to highlight everything the Hollywood censors tried to push into the shadows, investing BREAKFAST with a bit more life. A little, itty bit.



In conclusion:  When I was 16, I wanted to run right out and live the movie of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (probably why I made a break for NYC at 17). But, now that I’m 40, I’d like to go back a decade and live in Godard’s world. However, at no time in my life have I ever wanted Mickey Rooney to be my Asian landlord.

Pretty great piece about A WOMAN IS A WOMAN @ the AV Club.



UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME (A WOMAN IS A WOMAN)
Released: 1961
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Leads: Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy
Writer: Jean-Luc Godard

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
Released: 1961
Director: Blake Edwards
Leads: George Peppard, Audrey Hepburn, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
Writer: George Axelrod (screenplay), Truman Capote (novella)