I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s a week or two ago.
I love this movie. I love Audrey Hepburn… she’s so talented. They call this stuff romantic comedy, though I felt that it was too sad to be romantic comedy. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly was charming; however, there was an air of sadness and loneliness around the character that didn’t make the movie completely funny. But that’s all right.
Holly Golightly: He’s all right! Aren’t you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven’t got the right to give him one. We don’t belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.
Holly Golightly is a charming Hollywood starlet who wants to find a rich man to marry. Paul Varjak is the struggling writer who lives downstairs. As things go… they fall in love. However, Holly doesn’t want to admit it.
Paul Varjak: “You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
I read the book by Truman Capote and I hated the ending. Though the character is pretty much the same with “I don’t know who I am,” she never really finds out who she is in the book. She never comes to terms with the fact that people do fall in love and belong to each other. She never really finds happiness.
Kudos to Hollywood.
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style,
Oh, dream maker, you heartbreaker,
wherever you’re going, I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.