Monday, February 18, 2013

Movie Monday: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Oh, hai, Monday. You sure snuck up out of nowhere... I spent a chunk of yesterday going "I don't know what to waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch...", and generally failing to come up with any ideas. So I went and stared at my DVD collection until something jumped out at me. Not literally. That would be weird. Anyway, I realised that it'd been a couple of years since I last watched this, and NO. NOT ACCEPTABLE. REWATCH IMMEDIATELY.
Reasons why Breakfast at Tiffany's is awesome:
1. Audrey Hepburn. She's phenomenal.
2. The soundtrack.
3. George Peppard.
4. Getting things engraved at Tiffany's for less than $10.
5. Cat. He's quite possibly my favourite movie feline.
6. The fashion.
7. The complete awkwardness of Mickey Rooney playing Mr. Yunioshi. It's both indescribably offensive and something the movie wouldn't be the same without.
8. Holly's earplugs. They're brilliant.
9. Whistling for a taxi.
10. Doc Golightly.
11. Accidentally setting ugly hats on fire with cigarettes.
12. Holly's face when Rusty Trawler, the ninth richest man in America, turns up at her party.
13. Sally Tomato and his ridiculous "weather" reports.
14. The jewellery at Tiffany's.
15. "Moon River".

16. Sterling silver telephone dialers.
17. Card catalogues.
18. The scene where Holly's searching for Cat in the rain. Makes me ugly cry every time.
19. Exploding pressure cookers.
20. That poster! It's so iconic.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "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." "Tiffany's? You mean the jewellery store." "That's right. I'm just CRAZY about Tiffany's!"
- "There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion."
- "Thursday! It can't be! It's too gruesome!" "What's so gruesome about Thursday?" "Nothing, except I can never remember when it's coming up."
- "You know those days when you get the mean reds?" "The mean reds, you mean like the blues?" "No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?" "Sure." "Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!"
- "You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels."
- "I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before, before."
- "I always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison. Sing Sing, I mean. Sounds more like it should be an opera house or something."
- "They're not the kind of stories you can really tell." "Too dirty?" "Yeah, I suppose they're dirty, too, but only incidentally. Mainly they're angry, sensitive, intensely felt, and that dirtiest of all dirty words - promising. Or so said The Times Book Review, October 1, 1956."
- "And I always heard people in New York never get to know their neighbours."
- "We could have something engraved, couldn't we?" "Yes, I suppose so, yes indeed... the only problem is you would more or less have to buy something first if only in order to have some object upon which to place the engraving... You see the difficulty..." "Well, uh...we could have this engraved, couldn't we? I think it would be very smart." "This, I take it, was not purchased at Tiffany's?" "No, actually it was purchased concurrent with, uh, well, actually, came inside of...well, a box of Cracker Jack." "I see... Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?" "Oh yes." "That's nice to know... It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past, that sort of thing."
- "I'm going to march you to the zoo and feed you to the YAK. Just as soon as I finish this drink."
- "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."

Is there a more pathetic sight in the world than a cat that's been left in the rain? If so, please tell me what it is.

K xx


  1. I didn't really like this movie, but I'm choking up just thinking about #18.

    1. I think it's one of those movies that grows on you the more you watch it. You know?

  2. I always go to Tiffany's hoping it's going to calm me down and it always stresses me out! But I used to love going in with my grandma and we'd pretend we wanted to buy something for my great grandmother and we'd go in with a price range and try on jewelry. It was kind of the best ever.

    1. That sounds AMAZING. Whenever we're near Tiffany's, Dad stands outside with all the money and credit cards, and Mum goes in to look at shiny things.

  3. Umm, so I adore Audrey Hepburn and even though I like Sabrina more, Breakfast at Tiffany's is phenomenal! I seriously need to watch both movies again. So, yes! Great choice again for Movie Monday's!

    1. I prefer Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I think that's only because Humphrey Bogart looks so ridiculously old in Sabrina. You know??

    2. Bogart looks WAY too old for Sabrina but I still love Audrey so much as Sabrina. And then there is of course William Holden *sigh*

      As regards to age, I have the same problem in Funny Face, Fred Astaire is just too old for Audrey Hepburn but they still end up together. Alas though, they sing and dance and what more do I need from a movie featuring Audrey Hepburn.

  4. This is hands down my absolute favorite movie in the history of ever. I'm getting all the feels just thinking about it. Also, I think George Peppard is SUPER handsome.

  5. I love everything about this movie. I love how outrageously messed up and broken they are, and that's what makes them so perfect for each other. Leah and I had several college nights watching this movie and then lamenting about how we're going to die alone after it was done.

    1. They really are ridiculously messed up and broken. But in a really stinking cute way.

  6. OMG, Mickey Rooney.

    I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany's on 1st Jan 2009 (Moonlight Cinema!), my besties and I went and enjoyed the perfect weather out on the lawns, and when Mickey Rooney ambushed the movie with his scenery-chewing ways and OMG HE'S PORTRAYING A JAPANESE MAN OH THE RACISM.

    "Indescribably offensive" is too right, heh.

    But yes, the movie is wonderful and OH THE MOON RIVER OF IT ALL, and I really need to stop with the caps-yelling, amirite?


    1. Isn't it horrific?? But at the same time, it wouldn't really be the same movie without him.


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