Roman Holiday

William Wyler directed this 1953 film with a screenplay by black-listed writer Dalton Trumbo.  It’s famous for many reasons:  it’s the first full length feature for Audrey Hepburn, it also has the great Gregory Peck, it’s shown on location in Rome (it wasn’t that common for movies to be shot off the lot at that time), it won three Oscars (including Hepburn’s for best actress), it has great laughs from Eddie Albert and it’s just a superb film and story.
This “Princess goes slumming” feature is a lesson on honourable journalism as we watch Peck’s Joe Bradley character come around to sympathize for Princess Ann. I don’t know when the phenomenon of paparazzi really started. Wikipedia indicates that the term comes from Federico Fellini‘s 1960 film La Dolce Vita but it is likely that journalists feeling that the private lives of royalty are ‘fair game’ is much older.
Karen and I bought this movie along with Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Sabrina (1954) in an Audbrey Hepburn DVD trilogy set for my daughter.  She already prizes this set which goes to show you how enduring these classic films are.
This 118 minute holiday is a touching and highly memorable comedy that I very highly recommend.


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