I guess I could go ahead and talk about how gorgouges Audrey Hepburn is, or how Moon River is one fuck a melancholy song that when heard triggers within me--and within others--a little bit of a heart pang.
But really, this is my blog, and I actually want to talk about Holly Golightly's cat. He's actually the central character of the movie. Not a lot of people notice this. Not enough people give "Cat" as he's called enough credit.
When we first meet Cat he's jumping onto Paul*--Holly's love interest--when we last see Cat he's being held by Holly in an alley while she's crying her eyes out. In both instances Cat was the primary focus of conversation.
"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."
|This MFer right here.|
So let me get this right, a cat is the central focus of the first and last conversation of the movie? Coincidence? I think not. Had Cat not hopped up on Paul he would've never heard Holly's philosophy on love. Hold on, what? She didn't say anything about love in the first 15 minutes of the movie? Reread that quoted phrase above and replace a few words:
"Poor me! Poor slob! Poor slob without a care! The way I see it I haven't got the right to love him. We don't belong to each other."It's not Cat's ability to roam freely that makes him free: Cat is free from having to love to anyone. In Holly's case this wouldn't just be Paul, it would be everyone.
If I were to actually be writing a review of Breakfast at Tiffany's I would note that the cat theme is apparent because of cats. As in, Holly Golightly wears a cat mask at one point, the name of Paul's book is Nine Lives, Cat is the metaphor for Holly's philosophy on who she is: a cat free to roam the land without emotional attachment.
Breakfast at Tiffany's has lead me to believe that the way to a woman's heart is through her cat. Her cat that she probably projects her emotions onto. Look at how someone treats an animal and you'll find out a lot about them. Of course, this could also be said about their shoes. And of course, this could all just be complete bullshit because I was watching this and drinking wine with a cat in my lap.
*Paul makes the best declaration of love in a movie ever. I think it's only second to Han Solo telling Princess Leia "I know".