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Saturday, 23 March 2013

#216 - 'Roman Holiday' (1953)

"Oh, you can't imagine. I-I'd do just whatever I liked all day long." - Princess Ann.
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is visiting Rome as part of a European capitals tour. Bored of her routine and schedule, one night she manages to evade her entourage and sneak out into the city. The Princess is found asleep on a wall by newspaper reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). With her true identity unbenknowst to him, Bradley ends up taking the Princess back to his apartment where she spends the night. The next day, Bradley is late for an interview with the visiting Princess who has apparently been struck down by a mystery illness. Upon seeing a photograph of the Princess in the newspaper, he realises that he might just be able to get that interview after all.
Joe Bradley finds the Princess asleep.
Hepburn steals the show in this light-hearted romantic comedy. The story is simple but there is enough going on to keep it interesting. The tale of forbidden love between a royal and a regular Joe is spun through a wild day of escapades in Italy. With the Princess doing all the simple things that she has been unable to under the constraints of her title, Bradley falls for her and begins to question the motive he has for getting the main scoop. Aided by his photographer friend Irving Radovich (Eddie Albert), there are some awkward and funny moments as identities are tried to be kept secret. 
The Princess enjoys an ice-cream.
Some of the best scenes were at the party when a brawl breaks out, culminating in the Princess hitting someone over the head with a guitar. There was also the famous motorbike ride through the streets of Rome which was great. On viewing this film, I've added Rome to the list of places I would very much like to visit one day. All good things have to come to an end though and after a busy day off-schedule, the Princess has to return to her Royal party. I found the ending of the film sad, yet sweet. A nice combination for a nice film.
The motorbike ride.
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