Roman Holiday Reviews
Hepburn and Peck are such an attractive couple, and director William Wyler gets lots of beautiful shots of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and of course the classic scene they have at the Bocca della VeritÓ. It all makes for a very romantic film. Hepburn played her part perfectly, expressing frustration and joy with such economy, as well as the restraint that comes from being a royal. Among several others, the scene with her getting her hair cut short is captivating, and it's no wonder that she won an Oscar for her performance. Peck's performance is also excellent, and Eddie Albert pulls off the part of a young rogue quite well despite being 47 at the time. I won't spoil the ending, except to say it's touching and poignant, and so perfectly shot in the Palazzo Colonna. At the end of the day this is 'just a romantic comedy', with its share of silliness, but it's so mature and magical, and with these stars in this setting, it stands head and shoulders above so many others.
Roman Holiday a remarkable and significate black and white movie, and loved by generations of people. The reverse version of Cinderella story. Story happed between an American News Service in Roman reporter Joe Bradley and Princess Ann. Joe Bradley doesn't like his current job that much and would rather go back to States and work for what he thinks a real news agency. He was on the verge of getting fired for he sleeping in and missed an interview with HRH Princess Ann. Princess Ann runs away from her life and rescued from danger by handsome reporter. Comparing to the current a lot of rated R romantic movies, Roman Holiday did a really good job. First of all, director used all beautiful scenes to tell a charming love story instead of using sexual scenes, this makes Roman Holiday becomes the movie that whole family can enjoy together. Second, this movie taught audiences that love are no races, classes, and boundary.
The Mouth of Truth was considered the funniest scene of the whole movie. Joe Bradley puts his hand into the sculpture's mouth at The Mouth of Truth. According to legend, the sculpture would nip off the hand of liars who are put hands in its mouth. In the film, Audrey Hepburn's reaction was not an act, as he decided to pull a gag without telling her beforehand, not because of her na´ve, just because of she was totally trusted Joe. There is another famous scene of Joe deriving a Vespa scooter with Princess Ann sitting behind him and her arms holding around joe. I felt function of these beautiful scenes are ten times stronger than sexual scenes of current movies.
Beautiful loyal princess fell in love with American news reporter. Even if there was a whole different between them, the different class, different nationalities, we could even say they lived in two whole different society. But the pure love between them let them over came all the differences and has made Roman Holiday became the most remarkable movie for generations.
There is no doubt Roman Holiday is classical, sweet and charming romantic comedy. Made world fell in love with Audrey Hepburn and her beautiful smile. And almost every man want to run out and buy a Vespa scooter have a ride with their beautiful women. Princess Ann was Audrey Hepburn's first major role in a movie and helped her earned her first and the only Oscar movie reward in her career. And also make this movie to be a joinable for everyone no matter adult and children.
Wonderful comedy with Audrey Hepburn a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her life to live with Gregory Peck in Rome, whom she fell in love with. Peck and Oscar-winner Hepburn anchor this fun film. Direction by William Wyler.