These two movies I am referencing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Chariots of Fire are only superficially related I suppose. They both point to sad or plaintive truths. I recall the hollow laughter of Holly Golightly in the joy of the moment at a party though in a way she seems sad or at least that is what I read into it. There is the sentimental strumming of the guitar as Audrey sings Moon River.
There is Chariots of Fire with its quietness and triumph of the human spirit with the lingering cheers of now-forgotten men and their women. The dignity of courage against the way things are and perhaps the way things ought to be. It points to the deeper truth of things.
Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die may not be exactly what Breakfast is saying at first though it would seem to come close to saying that. Perhaps things can change for Holly and indeed love does seem to find a way at the end. Or does it? Does finding a significant other really solve problems. For awhile it would seem to gesture in a new direction. Both movies mentioned are wildly different one worldly one apparently Christian. One is saccharine and the other is pious. Try watching them together sometime and comparing world views. These are both movies I have seen many times. They do not necessarily typify the kind of movies I watch being a Star Wars afficionado and trekkie but I am not ashamed to say I love them both.