The Holly Golightly Playbook

Finally saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).  George Axelrod (the writer of this adaptation of Truman Capote’s book) and Audrey Hepburn managed to create, in Holly Golightly, a perfect representation of the tease that you can’t help falling in love with even though she takes you for granted.  It’s that subtle combination of attention and care (she buys him the typewriter ribbon), love and laughter (they kiss and have fun together), and disregard, insensitivity and dismissal (several occasions, like when she ignores him in the library after their romantic kiss in the foyer.)  Holly seems to treat Paul a bit like a shampoo:  Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

I now suspect that some of the teenage girls I knew back in high school somehow got hold of a Holly Golightly playbook.  Might have been nice to have a copy of that back then.

Reminds me of a line from the film Dangerous Liaisons (1988):

“Why do you suppose we only feel compelled to chase the ones that run away?”

Or maybe I’m offbase entirely, since our NetFlix DVD did conk out with 1:55 left in the film.

One Response to “The Holly Golightly Playbook”

  1. Bob Says:

    Go lightly from the ledge, babe,
    Go lightly on the ground.
    I’m not the one you want, babe,
    I will only let you down.

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