Roman Holiday is a 1953 Romantic comedy that enthrals the audience even today. It is a Fairy Tale in the reverse. Usually all girls want to be treated like Princesses but here a Princess is longing to be an ordinary girl. Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) who is on a tour to Rome is sick n tired of her boring Royal Duties & wants to explore the city as a commoner. So she runs away from her caretakers. She meets a Journalist, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who is at first thrilled to have run into an opportunity for an exclusive & intimate interview with the princess & so hides his real identity. Together they spend a fun n carefree day exploring the famous sites of Rome on his Vespa scooter. (we see not just a romance between the lead pair but also love affair between the camera and the city of Rome) But his plans fall apart as the pair falls in love by the end of the day. They know they can’t be together. So their love story ends rather abruptly. It’s an ephemeral love affair yet eternal ‘cos it gives them a lifetime of memories (Princess Ann at a Press Conference: “Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.”). Usually when we think of Romance we have images of roses, choclates & candlelit dinners but a day spent together idly doing fun things can be much more romantic.
The movie is full of charming scenes mainly because Audrey Hepburn gets the demeanour of a Princess just right.
I would rate Roman Holiday as a very good but not great movie. It’s good because it’s a cute bitter sweet love story & acting is impeccable & the comedy very subtle. But for me to be great a movie should have some underlying message, something you can learn from it that makes you think & that stays with you for a long time. So I prefer films in the genre of ‘The Ground Hog Day’/ ‘Bucket List’, but still it’s a good movie to watch on a lazy weekend when you don’t want to think too much.
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Audery Hepburn, Gregory peck, Eddie Albert
Writer: Dalto Trumbo
Year of Release: 1953
Won Oscar for: Best Actress & Best Screenplay
Other Movie Reviews on my blog:
- The Hepburns at Cinerama (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- John Farr: For Valentine’s Day, Ten Movies Sure To Inspire Romance (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rose’s top 10 favorite movies (and why) (thenerdymodel.wordpress.com)