Terrified free spirits

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is first and foremost famous for Audrey Hepburn’s looks and style. A second claim to fame is the beautiful song “Moon River”. A third is a famous line directed at Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly, by the man who loves her and whom she clearly loves in return.

Her self-induced paralysis in matters of love and fear - no, terror! - of being tied down inspires this statement from the man:

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.

Although it is a fairly simple love story and, like any romantic comedy, literally unbelievable, the film (based on Truman Capote’s book Breakfast at Tiffany's) presents a simple truth. The independent, the free spirits, the fearless are often the most terrified among us. But not without reason. They know all too well the thin line between freedom and imprisonment.

I don’t like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” only because it’s stylish, easy and beautiful, though these are superficially quite likable characteristics. I like it because it shows fascinating relationship dynamics (personal, social, familial, financial) wrapped up in a light blue box. But also for Audrey..and “Moon River”.

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