Moon River Real Estate

The town house at 169 East 71st Street in Manhattan.

If you’re able to swing $5.85 million, the town house where Holly Golightly lightly if disguisedly resided could be yours. The four-story edifice played a supporting role in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961); loosely based on Truman Capote‘s novel and immortalized by the always wonderful Audrey Hepburn.

The house, with its stately dark green double doors, no longer has the green and white striped window awnings it wore in the movie, but it is not difficult to imagine Holly sweeping out of a cab after a late night of revelry and racing up the steps.

Movie Web asserts that while the exterior of the house was used extensively in the movie, all interior scenes were shot in Hollywood. But Peter E. Bacanovic, former Merrill-Lynch broker convicted in the Martha Stewart insider-trading case and current owner of the town house, asserts otherwise.

Bacanovic claims that the previous owner told him that the house “had been used for some interior scenes, with cameras perched outside so they could shoot into the rooms.” He adds that “his client had done a little research of his own and was convinced that the party Holly hosted in a dress fashioned from a bed sheet was held in his living room. He told Mr. Browne he recognized the original window shutters.”

However, for those accustomed to such opulent diversions, what does it really matter how much fact or fantasy is expressed in the scene when it’s simply all about making the scene?

Source: NY Times


7 comments on “Moon River Real Estate

  1. GrayFoxDown says:

    Agreed. That’s a fair, concise assessment of the book/ film. Thanks!

  2. i just watched the movie and read it before watching breakfast. holly is such an exceptional woman, and truman, an exceptional storyteller.

    • GrayFoxDown says:

      For some reason, my parents took me to see Breakfast when the film debuted in ’61…I was 7! Of course, I’ve seen it many, many times since. Love it! Love Audrey! Being a New Yorker, I can appreciate the film’s cosmopolitan ambiance However, I think you’ll agree that Capote’s novel and the film version are two different experiences; the film being much better and almost a story in its own right. Thanks for the feedback!

      • it is safe to say that both the book and novel has strengths and weaknesses. in the novel, holly is holly: she has bad mouth, flirtatious, and gives in to same sex relationships. in the movie, i love it when they injected the love interest between “fred” and holly. that is a nice idea, for the book is ambiguous in that sense.
        I am not yet in the world when Breakfast was launched. you know, im 18 and i read and watch things like this. i just watched it the day before yesterday, 🙂

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