On Friday 7th at 5pm we have our first Audrey Hepburn film, ROMAN HOLIDAY (1h53mins) also starring Gregory Peck.
Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.
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.
The film has been very well received, with a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 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."
Milton Luban of the Hollywood Reporter said the movie "proves a charming, laugh-provoking affair that often explodes into hilarity....it has a "delightful screenplay that sparkles with wit and outrageous humour that at times comes close to slapstick" and that the "cinematographers do a fine job of incorporating Roman landmarks into the storyline." The New York Times observed that it was "a natural, tender and amusing yarn" with "laughs that leave the spirits soaring."
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