For my April movie series, I decided to return to a series of specific scene. This time, four films, four different scenes where the rain is an instrumental character. Without the rain, you completely lose the essence of the scene. This was a hard list to narrow down, because, well, filmmakers do know the power of rain: it is restorative, it can add suspense, it can add the perfect soundtrack as it pits and pats in the background, and even can act as a proxy for a character's emotions. Some scenes could not even work without the rain and those are the scenes I have decided to focus on. First up, the ending of Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961).
If this was straight from the short story / book (written by Truman Capote), I would say you could skip the rain, because the book has a completely different tone and *spoiler alert* Holly never sees the cat again. "Book Holly Golightly" uses a bit more colorful language as she ditches the cat in "moody" Spanish Harlem neighborhood. In the book it did not need to be raining; Holly's personality was cold enough to chill your bones. "Fred" finally sees her for what she is. There are no happy kisses. The only promise he makes is to keep an eye out for the no-named cat, which he finally spots one day in the window of a warm-looking home. So, yes, in the book you could skip the rain.
However, in the film version of Breakfast at Tiffanys, you get what appears to be the "happily-ever-after." The "Movie Holly Golightly" of course, has the added benefit of being played by Audrey Hepburn and, thus, more likable than the print version. She genuinely joins "Fred" / Paul (George Peppard) in recovering the no-name cat. She searches in the rain to recover her feline friend, getting soaked in the process. When she finds the cat, she is overcome with emotion and while holding the cat, everything seems to finally click. The rain is essential not only in giving you a "Hollywood kiss," but also to add drama to the search for the cat. If you have a sliver of a heart, you are worried about the poor thing tossed out in the cold rain.
Here's the clip. Let me know what you think in the comments, below. And as always, hope to see you back next week for the second installment.