Saturday, July 7, 2012

FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M. (Audrey Hepburn)

You're in for a treat if you're a fan of Audrey Hepburn, as FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson is a well researched book that not only examines the making of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," but is narrated by one of the most listenable and prolific of narrators, Grover Gardner. What was it like for producers and adapters trying to interpret Truman Capote's book in an age when female screen characters were limited in scope to either rich or poor, nice or naughty? Audrey changed the depiction of women in the movies, but many surprising facts behind the scenes reveal that serendipity played a role, along with risk taking, in creating a classic that shook the worlds of both fashion and culture. This is a humorous yet exhaustive look back, made ever interesting by a masterful reading. Be sure to listen to these, too.

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