Two For the Road turns 40

Forty years ago today, Two For the Road was released. While it sadly didn’t do well in theatres then, it has since found a revival in the videotape and DVD age. I personally received it on tape 7 years ago as a birthday present (along with everything else Audrey had available then — ah, what a birthday!) and it took me a little while to love that film. Two For the Road is the sort of film that you can only appreciate when you’ve had some of your own heartache to season the movie to your liking. It’s a more mature film, about a real relationship, and shows a sharp departure from any of Audrey Hepburn’s other films. While the vast majority of her films ended with the two leads falling into each other’s arms with an implied “and they lived happily ever after,” Two For the Road mainly shows what happens after the glitter has worn off and real life has settled in. It was drastically different film for Hollywood at the time specifically because it said there was no such thing as happily ever after, and that a marriage was something that needed constant work — and even then it could still crumble. Filmed at a crossroads in Audrey’s own life, it feels like she was able to open up a whole different side of herself to the camera, which really makes this a film that you must see. Continue reading “Two For the Road turns 40”

watch Audrey Hepburn under the stars

If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area or will be this summer, then you might be interested in taking in an Audrey movie under the stars. This year’s Screen on the Green will feature Wait Until Dark on July 30. All movies will start at dusk, which AOL is estimating to be around 8:30 pm. It’s one thing to watch a scary movie in your own house, how creepy would it be to watch in the great, dark outdoors? Make sure to mark this one on your calendars! I’m fairly sure this is free, too. Continue reading “watch Audrey Hepburn under the stars”

My Best Friend: Audrey Hepburn

Last year Sean Ferrer filmed a show for BBC called My Best Friend: Audrey Hepburn. It was part of an ongoing series about behind-the-scenes biographies of celebrities as told by their best friends. As Sean himself said at the time, “It doesn’t happen always that your parent is also your best friend,” but he and his mum were always very close. He had also called Audrey his best friend in his book An Elegant Spirit. I haven’t seen this show yet, but if you care to register at the website of the company that produced this, 3DD, then you may be able to see it for free online! (I’m waiting for my password.) You can click here to learn a bit more about the documentary, and you can register for your password here.

Also, there’s been lots of activity in the Audrey Hepburn community. If you haven’t already, check it out!

a pint-sized Holly Golightly

Photographer Amy Wenzel recently did a themed photoshoot revolving around Audrey Hepburn. She wanted to recreate the immortal Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo of Audrey as Holly Golightly enjoying her breakfast actually inside Tiffany’s (see photo at left), and made a little documentary showing how this idea became a reality. She didn’t have a specific little girl in mind when she started this, but it all came together nicely in the end, and you will be very charmed by this video: Continue reading “a pint-sized Holly Golightly”

Audrey Hepburn on Larry King Live

A new 3-disc DVD set called Larry King Live – The Greatest Interviews has just come out. The boxed set features some of Larry’s best celebrity interviews over the years, and his interview of Audrey Hepburn is included. Disc one is called Hollywood Film Stars and Legends — this is the disc that Audrey is on, of course. I’m not sure how badly you’d want this footage of the interview, unless you were genuinely interested in a lot of the other people being interviewed in the set, but at $24.99 for 3 discs, it’s still not a bad deal. You can read more about who is included on the discs here, and read some user reviews on Amazon.

watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s free!

This is another offer that probably won’t be around forever, but last night I stumbled across a website that has scads of free movies and TV shows up for your viewing pleasure. While it only has one Audrey movie available right now, at least it’s a good one: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a lovely starting place for any new fan (or someone you would like to convert to an Audrey fan), or just a nice way to heal your own mean reds at any time of the day or night. Click here to see the movie, and don’t forget to watch it full sized!

watch Funny Face while you can!

While searching You Tube last night I found that someone was in the process of uploading Funny Face in its entirety! They’ve finished by now, so if you haven’t seen this fantastic musical yet, or just haven’t seen it in a while, you should go while the getting is good. I don’t know how long these will be up, so go! Part one is below:

Edit: video has been removed from YouTube by its user.

Target.com also has a little goodie for you: an Audrey Hepburn pop art tee! It’s four different coloured silk screens of Audrey as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and I must admit it’s a pretty cute shirt (as you can see). For the unbeatable price of $9.99 it’s hard to come up with an excuse to not buy it.

See Roman Holiday and save an historic theatre

Every year the Los Angeles Conservancy has a “Last Remaining Seat” event, where beautiful, historic theatres in Los Angeles are re-opened to screen classic movies and raise money to keep these theatres in good order. This year Roman Holiday will be screened at the fantastic Los Angeles Theatre in downtown L.A. on May 30th. In the age of ugly, utilitarian box theatres it’s utterly amazing to see such an elaborate building set up to just sit and watch a movie. The ornate detail in every little thing shows just how big a deal it was to go out to the movies, and it’s sad that we’ve lost that charm along the way. If you can make it to the screening, please do! Let us know what it’s like to see a beautiful film in a beautiful setting. Click here for ticket information.

video of the Tiffany diamond on display

They’re calling it the Breakfast at Tiffany’s diamond, and that assumption seems to draw in even more people. NECN has video footage up of the rare yellow Tiffany diamond being installed at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C., and interviews some gawkers admiring the diamond. While no one interviewed said they came because they were an Audrey Hepburn or Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan, I’m sure quite a few people did end up making the trip because of that Audrey tie-in. It’s funny to see how relatively small the diamond seems to be, yet it’s still larger than the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope Diamond (though I guess being cursed does help you become famous, as the case is with the Hope). I’ve seen the Hope diamond in person and it does look a lot larger when you’re face to face with it. Does anyone have plans to visit the Tiffany diamond?