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Coffee on Celluloid: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961, dir. Blake Edwards)

Updated: Mar 31

We would be remiss if we didn't include in our Coffee on Celluloid series the ultimate morning coffee scene ever depicted on film: the opening scene from the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Shot on location at the legendary Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue, the scene -- and the film as a whole -- cemented its star, Audrey Hepburn -- as a New York style icon. Originally, Tiffany's novella author Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe in the role of call girl Holly Golightly, but Paramount Studios insisted on Hepburn, and the rest is history. Not too long into the film, Holly describes Tiffany's as her safe space, and in the opening scene, we see her getting out of a taxi in an elegant little black dress (a Givenchy number, no less) and having a coffee and pastry outside the shop's windows.

Watch the opening scene below.



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