film is something that no words can pronounce, something that defies any other attempt of expressing emotion – for me it is beyond truth because it has taken the plain cold truth and turned it into something extraordinary, beautiful, and believable. Film has got to be the most expressive art form.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is just one of those iconic films which every girl should watch. I personally love everything about the film, the glamor, the music, the comedy; but what strikes me most is Holly Golightly’s search for identity.
Her public persona is ‘party girl’: beautiful, mysterious, and confident. But in reality she is just a shy little girl; trying to make a compromise between her longing for ‘the simple life’ and her desire for money, as she admits herself, ‘I need money, and I’ll do whatever I have to do to get it’.
The battle between these two identities is confirmed by the use of her two names, ‘Holly Golightly’ and ‘Lula-Mae Barnes’. It is as if she is constantly trying to run away from herself and her mistakes. My favourite lines in the film/book is when she is in the taxi, just before she throws Cat out in the rain. She tries to expain to ‘Fred’:
‘I’m not Holly, I’m not Lula-Mae either. I don’t know who I am. I’m like Cat here. We’re just a couple of no-named slobs. We belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us – we don’t even belong to each other!’
I feel like these lines epitomize what the story is about – finding yourself: Holly hasn’t yet. She needs to abandon her fears, and her dreams which she thinks will bring her happiness – those of money and gold digging.
It is something about Holly that we can all associate with. Do any of us really know ourselves? Do we all have dreams which in actuality are harmful to our happiness? At the beginning of the film, Holly announces, ‘when I find a place where me and things go together, well, I’ll buy some furniture and give the cat a name!’ Perhaps it’s not a case of finding that place, but creating it. So maybe if we all bought the furniture, things would come together and we would create who we are and where we belong. : )
it’s just a thought!