There are certain things that leave you in your life and certain things that always stay with you. And that is why we are all interested in movies. Movies are those that make you feel; you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it becomes a part of your emotional make-up, in a way.
“Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.” – Princess Ann
Roman Holiday (1953) is an American romantic comedy film produced and directed by William Wyler. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess who is out to see Rome on her own and Gregory Peck as a reporter. The movie is a delightful and captivating fairy-tale romance entirely shot in Rome. It is produced and directed by one of Hollywood’s most skillful, professional, and eminent directors – William Wyler.
About the Director:
William Wyler was an American director of motion pictures who combined a prominent technical polish with a clear narrative style. He has made the sensitive handling of human relationships more compatible in today’s era through his eminent movies. Most of his feature films were so-called prestige pictures based on plays or novels. Wyler was a perfectionist whose relentless pursuit of realism and emotional complexity was often excoriated by exhausted actors and budget-conscious studio executives. His assiduous work on the set earned him the nickname “40-Take Wyler.”
Roman Holiday’s bittersweet story is an enchanting romantic-comedy, a kind of Cinderella storybook tale in reverse (with spring days romance). Additionally, the movie is indeed a silly look at how sharing songs and media in popular culture can affect how we relate to individuals and nations. Yet, it also carries deeper insights.
During a tour of Europe, a princess named Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) rebels against her royal obligations and sheltered life. She escapes her royal prison’s insulated confines to find a ‘Prince Charming’ commoner. After that, she finds an American journalist-reporter (Gregory Peck) covering Rome’s royal tour. However, during her adventures, various instances occurred in which deceptions or misrepresentations of character are involved. The story is certainly based on the real-life Italian adventures of British Princess Margaret.
Princess Ann (played by Andrew Hepburn) burst onto the movie scene with her first role in this film. She plays a beautiful English Princess traveling in Rome who is bored with her duties and the tight schedule. However, one night after having a glass of tranquilizer to calm her from the stress, she sneaks away into the streets of Rome. A reporter, Joe Bardley (played by Gregory Peck) finds her and takes her to his place. When he finds out who she is, he realizes he is on top of a story’s gold mine. After that, he enlists his photographer friend (Eddie Albert) to get some two shots while they sightsee.
Often, William Wyler guffaws with a never-languishing pace, puts heart into the laughs, organizes the footage, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage. The film “Roman Holiday” is alive in its timeliness.
Princess Ann and Joe Bardley make an attractive couple in this movie. Director William Wyler gets lots of beautiful Rome shots, including the Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo, and of course, the captivating scene they have at the Bocca Della Verità. While watching this movie, one would definitely applaud Hepburn for playing her part perfectly. Hepburn has expressed frustration and joy with such an economy and the restraint from being a royal. Among various other scenes, the scene with her getting her haircut short is captivating. However, she also won an Oscar for her performance.
Peck’s performance is also enthralling. Eddie Albert pulls off the part of a young rogue amazingly despite being 47 at the time. The movie is surely touching and poignant and so perfectly shot in the Palazzo Colonna. This is ‘just a romantic comedy,’ with its share of silliness. Still, it is so mature and magical, and with these stars in this setting, it stands head and shoulders above so many others.
To conclude, William Wyler’s Roman Holiday is as alluring as a cooling gelato on a hot summer’s day as it sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck have turned up in superb performances in Roman Holiday, which is 118 minutes of sheer entertainment. After watching this movie, we think that the film has enough adventure and excitement to satisfy. However, the bittersweet note of the ending is made beautifully palatable by its artistic rightness.
One of the best things is that there is no profanity at all in Roman Holiday, unlike today’s movies. Overall, Roman Holiday is a charismatic and entertaining classic film that is a joy to revisit. Its ending is bittersweet and makes the movie more polarizing. Still, if you are on the lookout for a charming film that is good for the whole family, you just can’t go wrong with Roman Holiday.