“You musn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.”
I’ve watched this movie no less than six times (more maybe?) – I just love it. Last night, Tom and I went to the Galileo Open-Air Theatre at Kirstenbosch and watched it under the stars. The night was cool and crisp, we were surrounded by mountains, wrapped in blankets and well-stocked with ciders – it was a perfect date night, really. We arrived early to have supper and watch the sun set, and then snuggled up and watched Audrey for two hours, while planes flew overhead and the crowd sighed and chuckled around us.
“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 going to 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 Somaliland. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
I still get chills when I watch the scene in the rain, when Audrey kisses George and poor, soggy Cat gets squashed between them. Tom and I both agree that Cat is the real star of the film – that kitty can act (or was heavily sedated, either way, he’s talented)! Tom reckons that in modern times, Holly Golightly wouldn’t end up with Paul; she’d drive straight on in her taxi and catch that flight. But that misses the whole point for me – love is a terrifying, overwhelming thing, but it’s not a cage it’s a choice. No wild thing wants to be tamed, but it can be liberating to be loved.
The Galileo was a lovely experience and something I hope to do again. The open-air cinemas are hosted around Cape Town and in the Winelands, and the movies are screened at different venues on set days. Make sure you arrive hungry and grab some tasty nachos from the Mexican Nacho – you’ll have to queue for a while, but they’re worth it. It’s also really nice to arrive early to watch the sunset – the sky last night was full of candyfloss streaks, and the light was unbelievable.
Check the Galileo’s website to find out what movies are on when – then grab your partner and don’t tell him what you’re going to see until five minutes before the movie starts in case he protests. Bring your own blankets or go for the cosy ticket option – it does get quite chilly. Now I’m going to listen to Moon River on repeat and imagine I’m at Tiffany’s for the rest of the day.