Saturday, April 25, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was my favorite of the movies we watched this semester. Audrey Hepburn’s performance in this movie was outstanding. The movie won two Oscars as well as other awards and nominations. By the early 1960’s international affairs had settled and the economy at home had grown. Because of this there was a new focus on the social structure of young people and mass culture. “Words such as plenty, abundance, and affluence fit nicely with the dominant economic vision. The rate of growth and the burgeoning supply of consumer goods overshadowed all other economic indicators”. This “affluent” time was reflected in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A concern grew over conformity and mass culture corrupting the youth. This new concern was displayed through Molly Golightly’s confidence in crowds and vulnerability behind closed doors. Molly’s race for wealth and her lack of self, parallel with the way young Americans in the 1960’s were seen. Women in the 60’s were also more independent then they had ever been, the role change from suburban wife to an independent woman in the city was also touched on in the movie. Molly seems like a new aged woman but we come to find out that she is from the country and escaped from a man she married at the age of 14. Her transformation symbolizes the countries transformation in the ideas of gender roles.

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