Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess out to see Rome on her own and Gregory Peck as a reporter. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.
In 1999, Roman Holiday was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film has been considered one of the most romantic films in cinema history.
The film has been very well received, with a 95% "Certified fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 63 reviews with an average rating of 8.50/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy."
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Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.
fact: rome, italy, was not actually a city until the year 1953 when it was created for the setting of roman holiday. it was so life-like that the city continued to flourish long after filming had ended. tourists can still visit today to have their own roman holiday at all the same landmarks that gregory peck and audrey hepburn visited in the film.
This classic film is all about the eye candy. Hepburn (in her debut performance), tall, dark, and handsome leading man Peck, and Rome -- what more could you ask for in a romance? As the princess pretends to be schoolgirl Anya Smith and Joe Bradley pretends to believe her, the two spend the day playing hooky in Rome, Ferris Bueller-style. They are joined by Joe's photographer friend Irving (Eddie Albert), who snaps pictures of the princess without her knowledge. Albert is always a colorful character actor to add to the mix.
Featuring one of the most bittersweet endings in any romantic comedy, Roman Holiday is a film that most importantly earns its ending with its characterization and performances from the great Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. It's a film that doesn't cheap out at the last minute but stays true to its earlier set roadmap, making the journey that we go on to get there even more memorable.
Roman Holiday (1953) is a delightful, captivating fairy-tale romance shot entirely on location in Rome, and produced and directed by one of Hollywood's most skillful, distinguished, professional and eminent directors - William Wyler.
The film's bittersweet story is a charming romantic-comedy, a kind of Cinderella storybook tale in reverse (with an April-October romance). A runaway princess named Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn), during a goodwill tour of Europe, rebels against her sheltered life and royal obligations. She escapes the insulated confines of her royal prison to find a 'Prince Charming' commoner - an American journalist-reporter (Gregory Peck) covering the royal tour in Rome. During her adventures, there were numerous instances in which deceptions or misrepresentations of character were involved. The story was reportedly based on the real-life Italian adventures of British Princess Margaret.
Award-winning director Wyler was known for other great films including Dodsworth (1936), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), two 1940s Best Picture winners: Mrs. Miniver (1942) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Heiress (1949), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and Funny Girl (1968). Wyler's well-crafted, stylish films that cover a wide range of film genres (family dramas, westerns, epics, romantic comedies, and even one musical) always included down-to-earth characters in real-life situations.
When it comes to the writing, nothing really took me by surprise. There was this one scene however, that did surprise me involving the romantic leads and The Mouth of Truth that I will not give away as it was a truly enjoyable comedic moment. The characters motivations are ones that I have seen before and the progression of the plot moves at a steady pace. I do not mind it when a film tells a familiar story so long as it does it well and/or tells it in an interesting way. In my opinion, Roman Holiday tells its story well and is quite charming.
I found the romance between Anne and Joe to be cute and innocent. I did not think it was the best romance that I have ever seen but I did still enjoy it and I thought the leads had good chemistry. I also like how the characters connected with each other more on an intellectual basis rather than a physical one. Through this mutual respect, they formed an emotional connection that was also nicely preformed. It was a bit rushed but at the same time the film takes place mostly in a single day so I understand the time constraints.
Overall, I did enjoy Roman Holiday, even with its fairly predictable plot. I found it to be charming and humorous. Though humor is very subjective and some people might not be a fan of physical comedy, I personally like it. The cinematography and the sights of Rome were lovely to look at especially with such likeable and entertaining characters. The holiday one accompanies these characters on may be short but it is still an entirely pleasurable one. 041b061a72