208 Great Directors: Blake Edwards

“Make ’em redecorate your office. That’s primary, to let them know where you stand. Then, when you’re shooting interior sequences, use your own interior decorator and set dresser. That way everything on the set will fit your house when you’re finished.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Whole lot of well-liked stuff, if nothing really loved.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Victor/Victoria.

What Did I Watch: Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Where Does He Fit: Audrey Hepburn’s performance, much like the rest of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is deliciously stylized and put on, a series of melancholy and silly events that demonstrate her slowly falling out of control while always looking gorgeous and dreaming of jewels. She might not be the Marilyn Monroe that Capote was thinking of, but I don’t mind much. The real problem is that it goes from being a delicate trifle to something really awful with the Mickey Rooney stuff, utterly demonstrative of the fact that the concerns of the screenplay are ultimately not that deep, derailed by style and substance colliding a bit since it’s a little too content to be silly and light. Oh well. Still very enjoyable in the same vein as Victor/Victoria, and it ends much better to boot!


Most Valuable Asset: The world is a cruel place, but it’s so hard to care about it.
Most Excited For: The Party.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.

Coming Up Next: Lindsay Anderson, one of the supposedly greatest British directors.


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