So the 10 most cliched college dorm posters are fascinating to me, being a mix of some I’ve never seen and iconic images of my own misspent youth.  But the first one, Audrey Hepburn, kind of confuses me a bit.

Not the choice of posters, of course.  I mean, it’s Audrey freaking Hepburn, what could be confusing about that?

It’s the site’s caption that confuses me:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: It’s simply a fact: college girls love Audrey Hepburn, especially in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Even if they haven’t seen it. Maybe that explains why this classic is taped over every pink bedspread and extra-long mattress. Need a reminder to keep it classy when you’re bringing the Kappa Lambda president back to your place? Just look up and ask, “What would Audrey do?”

Charge for it…?

Perhaps next time they should see the movie first.


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11 responses to “WWAD?

  1. Ilene

    Am I the only one who hated BAT? It was at best dated, and at worse offensive (reference Mickey Rooney’s eye-squinting portrayal of a Japanese man). Stylish and iconic, yes. But… but.

    The jewelry was nice.

    • It has been so long since I saw it, I forgot about Mickey Rooney. Urrrgh. I only saw it once and frankly it didn’t really stick with me. But I do recall she charged for her companionship. And maybe it’s just me, but when an early 60s mainstream movie mentions charging for companionship, I am assuming it was very companionable companionship.

  2. Ilene

    I had the same “GAK!” reaction to another unbeloved classic, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” S0, so dated.

    • That’s one I don’t even want to see again for that very reason–and yet, at the time it was made, it had true significance, and was forward thinking, not backward thinking (Chinese Mickey).

  3. Ilene

    True, true.

    Two “issue” pictures from the era that held up quite nicely are “The Defiant Ones” and “In the Heat Of The Night.” “Shaft” did not work out for me.

  4. Oooh ooh! Me too, I hated BAT too. In fact I was unable to watch the whole movie, it was so atrocious, offensive, and irritating. Couldn’t stand Holly Golightly, and the less said about Mickey Rooney the better. It appalls me that the poster image is so popular. I’d rather have Jean Arthur in her accidentally acquired fur coast from Easy Living, or Rosalind Russell in her leopard-skin coat in His Girl Friday.

    • You know how those “good old days” things go through email, talking about how much better things were in the 50s and earlier, when you didn’t have to lock your door and you knew all your neighbors and kids knew better than to “fill in the blank” and whatnot? And I generally annoy people by pointing out things like colored drinking fountains and spoil the fun?

      I think maybe this is a film version of that kind of email. All surface, and it only works if you haven’t actually thought beyond the surface and/or lived there/seen the movie.

      I had the same reaction to the movie. I think I felt like I was the one who was missing something because I didn’t get what other people got from it. And as I said, I forgot all about Mickey Rooney. I have very uncomfortable memories of Buddy Ebsen, though.

  5. I love all your comments. And I agree, and yet… And yet, even though Audrey Hepburn was totally wrong for the part of a southern hooker, didn’t want to play it, and the movie was a stupid 60ies offensive movie, stunk up the screen in every way from the art direction, to the photography, to the phony Hollywood interiors, to the casting- for instance even George Peppard is sort of creep- AND YET who doesn’t love that poster photo and the idea of Audrey as Holly Golightly, the gamine, free spirit who survives in the cold cruel world without becoming tough and cynical. I think for me, even though I find the movie silly and the song, Moon River, cloying in the extreme, it all still works in some weird way. Maybe I’m just getting old and sentimental. Here something that might interest you. One of the popular posters of my college years, around 1968, I just rediscovered in an old black and white photo. The poster was a blue and black or red and black lithograph of George Washington with the word ‘DADDY’ at the bottom.

    • That’s just it. The poster seems to sum up an image of Audrey that we all love, just frozen in time. It’s a wonderful poster. I’ve never seen the G Washington one. I do recall one of Nixon on the toilet, though.

  6. Hepburn is a very popular poster in home here in Brussels, not only because IKEA sells them, but especially because she was born here. I thought Einstein sticking out his tongue was one of the most popular – no?

    • Oh, Einstein has to be. I doubt if their “top ten” has any real research behind it, for that matter.
      Audrey Hepburn was such an amazing woman and she was in some wonderful movies. I just don’t think Breakfast at Tiffany’s was one of them, alas. Even though it’s so very pretty.

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