Capote was right about one thing: Audrey Hepburn was miscast. She was the aristo-chic daughter of a Dutch baroness and so queenly it is too much of a stretch to believe in her as born dirt poor in Texas. That was Capote’s Golighty – married at 14, she left a brood of barefoot stepkids to run away to New York and reinvent herself. Still you can’t deny that Hepburn fizzes: she’s mischievous, tomboyish and so unutterably elegant – more than a match for Capote’s bon mots.
It was the movie’s sentimentality that got Capote’s goat. And it is hard to pardon the transformation of Golightly – who underneath a skittish exterior was an acid social observer and very self-knowing – into a frothy pea-brain. Intriguingly, in the early ’80s Capote was behind a talked-about remake with a teenage Jodie Foster. ‘Ideal casting,’ he opined. Maybe now it’s finally time for the unexpurgated ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’?