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holly golightly

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 jewelry store.

That's right. I'm crazy about Tiffany's. 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.

Blake Edwards' adaptation of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', after the novella by Truman Capote, created one of the most enchanting characters in film history. Holly Golightly, portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, combined elegance with carelessness and tough big city independence with a restless yearning for country homeliness. Just watch her singing 'Moon River'.

Also featuring one hell of a party (on a par with the restaurant scene in 'Play Time' for spinning out of control), the film's only flaw may be the Pink Panther character living upstairs.

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