May 08

Film review – Roman Holiday (1953)

Film review – Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paola Borboni, Laura Solari

Directed by: William Wyler

Review:  Film review – Roman Holiday (1953) – Before you can even discuss this film you are obliged to discuss Audrey Hepburn. At the zenith of her beauty a woman can dominate a film with ease and Audrey Hepburn is most certainly at her zenith here. In my view the most beautiful woman to have lived Hepburn dominates any movie she is in but this movie is perhaps her signature piece so its impossible to review it without a specific mention of her. Bellissimo.

Hepburn plays a Princess who is tired of her boring schedule and after being given some drugs to sleep one night escapes her Royal bonds and goes into the city of Rome. The drugs get the better of her and she falls asleep in public. Gregory Peck who plays an american journalist finds her and without knowing who she is ends up taking her home and giving her a place to sleep. The next day he finds out who she is and sets about creating an exclusive article about her to make $5,000. Fun ensues as she spends a day having fun in Rome and he plots the exclusive article.

The two leads are well matched and generate a nice sense of comedy. The film as a whole is a good old fashioned innocent romantic comedy. There isn’t a better film for a Sunday afternoon.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Holiday

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046250/

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