October 5th, 2011
06:03 PM ET
Iconic actress Audrey Hepburn is no longer with us, and neither is the author who wrote the novella that started it all, Truman Capote, but the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" remains an integral part of our cultural memory, even 50 years on.
Half a century ago today the movie was released to an audience, who watched - as you can see in the trailer below - Hepburn's Holly Golightly step up to the window of Tiffany's, coffee cup in hand and wearing the little black dress that's since sold for just under $1 million.
She may not have been the Holly Golightly Capote envisioned, but Hepburn's portrayal earned the actress an Oscar nomination.
While the news that this movie turns 50 today may make you feel old, we prefer to focus on how great classics like this one never age.
It's hard to pick a favorite scene from the film, but our top choices include that fabulous, raucous party, Holly and Paul traipsing about New York City, picking up a pair of masks along the way, and of course, that final scene.
Not everything was grand, however: One element that doesn't sit well with audiences is Mickey Rooney's stereotype pandering character, Mr. Yunioshi. The 50th anniversary Blu-ray of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," released in September, includes the 17-minute feature on this contested character, "Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective."
As Movieline reports, one doesn't have to be Asian or Asian-American to find the buck teeth and exaggerated accent of Rooney's character to be distasteful, even if you give producers the leeway that the stereotype reflects the era in which the film was made.
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