Monday, July 2, 2012

Movie Monday: Breakfast at Tiffany's

A new feature in which I watch a romantic movie in my Netflix instant queue and give it a spin. It's not a review, more like an unnecessary commentary about nothing.

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". 

25 comments:

  1. This is a great review. My only thought after watching this movie was, "Why do people like it so much?" And I like Audrey Hepburn. Roman Holiday and Wait Until Dark are my favorites.

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    1. I'm not wanting to call this a review, but thank you!

      I have never seen Roman Holiday. Although if I keep up with this type of posting I am sure I'll touch on it soon enough.

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  2. Oh.my.gosh. I am laughing so much at this. I'm typing this while my cat is cleaning herself and occasionally staring at me. I think she saw the cat chilling up there ^.

    I am sad to admit, but I have never watched this movie. Which is odd because it is such a classic and I adore classic movies. One day, I'll get to it!

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    1. You know, sometimes I try to be funny, and it doesn't work, then I don't try and everyone laughs. So I've given up trying (this is a thank you).

      It's worth the watch. It's one of my favorites.

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  3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's has lead me to believe that the way to a woman's heart is through her cat. "

    Well... yeah! If you can get a girl's cat to like you, its like relationship kryptonite. There is no way for them to fight you off.

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    1. "If the cat likes him then he must be a neat dude."

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  4. I have not seen this movie, but your non review is hilarious. I think I will have to watch it just to see the cat theme for myself.

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    1. Thank you! It's fairly subtle. I did some Googling around and didn't find anyone mentioning anything about a cat theme. So I just went with it.

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  5. I LOVE unnecessary commentaries about nothing. This is great.

    Never ever in my life have I ever heard anyone make a big deal over a cat theme in this very well-known, very classic movie. ONLY YOU. I like it.

    There are other ways to a woman's heart too. I feel like I HAVE to throw that out there for those of us who do NOT have cats.

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    1. My entire blog is about nothing.

      Thank you.

      I know how to get to a woman's heart. Whether or not it's worth the effort is another issue.

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  6. LOL this puts the stereotype of single (or is it with too many suitors?!:O) women with far too many cats i.e. cat lady into perspective! :P

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    1. I like a lady with a lot of cats. Although, most of them tend to be bat shit insane.

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  7. What an excellent and hilarious new weekly post. I’m looking forward to more of these already.

    BAT, besides possessing an excellent acronym, is one of those movies that you hear about a lot. But when you finally watch it, it turns out to be completely different than how you thought it would be. At least that’s what I remember thinking after seeing it. Granted, I haven’t actually watched the film in many years. And I have only a vague recollection of a cat, so clearly that’s a viewer fail on my part. What I do recall is thinking that Holly was extraordinarily ditzy/clueless (Hepburn is excellent at these roles), and something about her visiting a mobster in prison. Though it is also possible that those memories are not about this movie at all. In any case, it seems I missed the cat brilliance of the movie.

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    1. Are you sure it's not your blog, instead of the movie that has an overarching cat theme? (I like cats, btw. I have 2)

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    2. Thanks Lauren! Next week is... I'm not telling.

      No. You have the correct memories of the movie. The cat isn't really touched upon much, but I think he's a main character. He even appears in the credits.

      I can agree: I used to think this movie was about something else entirely. Then I watched it. Then I watched it again. And again. I love it. It's one of my faovrites.

      I think my blog has an overarching cat/alcohol theme. I don't have a problem with this (I have one cat).

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  8. Welcome back! Your reviews and insight have been missed.
    And you've done it again. You gave an interesting and new perspective to something I've been familiar with and considered as a favorite for a long time. I don't think I'll watch it the same way again. I have watched this movie several times and have barely given the cat and all the other metaphors you mentioned, a thought.
    I personally related Audrey Hepburn's(my fav. female actress.BTW) character with Scarlet Ohara's in Gone With The Wind. Their ability to move from one man to another with barely a thought is admirable.

    I like your weekly post AND cat meme.

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    1. Thank you Jade!

      Is it an admirable trait? I'm not sure about that one. If they can easily move from guy to guy then they might have a few emotional problems.

      I had actually thought about the Cat metaphor several years ago when I first watched the movie. I never brought it up because it seemed silly. Thank you for verifying that I'm not insane for thinking this.

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  9. I never thought about the movie that way, I'm going to have to give it another watch.

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    1. Get a bottle of wine and your cat (if you have one) and give it a go. It's a classic.

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  10. I just saw this last week on Netflix. I liked it, but considering she threw her cat out in the rain at the end, I doubt the way to a woman's heart is through her cat. Of course, the guy got the cat back for her, so maybe there's truth to that.

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    1. Thank you for your comment!

      And she did hug the cat tightly and begged it for forgiveness. Remember, it's not the cat she was throwing out, it's the idea of love. The cat is just the metaphor. Of course, it is kind of a asshole-ish thing to do, throwing a cat out into the rain...

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  11. If I remember correctly, isn't there a kiss while the cat is held between them? I remember thinking that the cat was going to haul off and maul someone because he was being squished. Cats don't tend to like that.

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    1. There is! Right after Paul gives his speech to Holly about how she's trapped in a cage and isn't as free as Cat.

      I'll give them a pass on the mauling part.

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  12. The ending sentence of your review puts it all in perspective and reminds everyone why you are so rad.

    But really it is a lovely movie.

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