Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Roman Holiday {1953}

Last week I watched my very first Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday {1953}. I LOVED it! I must say, I loved the acting of Audrey. And her skirt & blouse outfit was simply charming! This is also only the second movie I've seen with Gregory Peck. Does he remind any one else of a mix of Fess Parker & Cary Grant? Or is it just me? =)

  The story of Princess Anne {Audrey Hepburn}, from an unmentioned country, embarks on a highly publicized tour of the European capitals. The story begins with her in Rome and how the regimented schedule is driving her crazy. She wants a chance to do things normal girls do while traveling - instead of giving speeches, attending ceremonies, and smiling to crowds of people. One night after the doctor has given her some medicine to make her sleep, she sneaks out of the Embassy and escapes to the streets of Rome. Thus begins her adventure with an American newspaper reporter, Joe Bradley {Gregory Peck}.  

Some quotes from the film:

Princess Ann: At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper. 
Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale
Princess Ann: I could do some of the things I've always wanted to.
Joe Bradley: Like what?
Princess Ann: Oh, you can't imagine. I-I'd do just whatever I liked all day long. 

Joe Bradley: Tell you what. Why don't we do all those things, together?
Princess Ann: But don't you have to work?
Joe Bradley: Work? No. Today's gonna be a holiday.
Princess Ann: But you want to do a lot of silly things?
Joe Bradley: [He takes her hand] ... First wish? One sidewalk cafe, comin' right up. I know just the place. Rocca's. 



KatySue Pillsbury said...

I love this movie, I always cry at the end. You should read a biography on her, she's has a very interesting back round!=)

Ashley Nicole said...

Oh, I would love to read a book on her. Do you have any to recommend? =)

KatySue Pillsbury said...

Sadly, I do not remember the name of the one that I read, but I found it by browsing through the biography section of the library. I like knowing peoples back stories!=)

Vicki said...

Really, your first? :O Haha, but you should definitely watch "Sabrina." That's one of my favorites of her movies.

Polka Dot said...

I love this movie. Audrey is amazing. Love Gregory Peck to bits. Sob at the end.

Avonlea_dreamer said...

Oh! Now I have to rent this! I've wanted to for months! I've only ever seen "My Fair Lady" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" now I have to add this to the list!

Miss Virginia said...

Oh!! This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE!!! I grew up watching it, practically, but didn't really *watch* it till I was 13. It started my love of all things Audrey. ;) I love the sweet/romantic/funny story and the wonderful acting and Edith Head's costumes and Audrey's gracefulness/adorableness and Gregory Peck's gentlemanliness and the bittersweet ending is incredible!! I could go on forever, lol. And you're right, Gregory Peck is a mix of Fess Parker and Cary Grant! I had never thought of that till you mentioned it but it sounds exactly right, lol.

Lindsey said...

Your first Audrey movie? She's a sweetheart - love her! This is one of my favorites with her. I love the Mouth of Truth scene. And the end. And... :-) You're definitely right about Gregory Peck's similarity to Cary Grant - haven't seen enough of Fess Parker to make that comparison.

Sandra said...

Such a nice Movie !! ^^