Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

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Director: William Wyler

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert


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Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by "affairs of state." On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She happens to meet American journalist Joe BradleySee more details below


Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by "affairs of state." On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She happens to meet American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who, recognizing a hot news story, pretends that he doesn't recognize her and offers to give her a guided tour of Rome. Naturally, Joe hopes to get an exclusive interview, while his photographer pal Irving (Eddie Albert) attempts to sneak a photo. And just as naturally, Joe falls in love with her. Filmed on location in Rome, Roman Holiday garnered an Academy Award for the 24-year-old Hepburn; another Oscar went to the screenplay, credited to Ian McLellan Hunter and John Dighton but actually co-written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo. The 1987 TV movie remake with Catherine Oxenberg is best forgotten.

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Barnes & Noble - Karen Backstein
A charming and poignant fairy tale, Roman Holiday stars that most ethereal and graceful of actresses, Audrey Hepburn, in a role that nearly rivals her dizzying turn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The plot? Once upon a time, a lovely princess tired of her ivory tower sheds her identity the romantic city of Rome with the help of a handsome American journalist (played by Gregory Peck). Though he initially cares more for the princess' story than for the woman herself, his sentiments gradually shift, deepening and enhancing the movie's emotional impact. Shot on location, scene after scene captures the city's magic, allowing the audience to share the princess' joy in her newfound liberty. Whether she's swimming in the Tiber, smoking a cigarette for the very first time, or walking through glamorous mirrored halls -- an image that mulitplies the loneliness of her aristocratic life -- each experience fairly sparkles -- and is made all the more touching by the knowledge that it may be only fleeting. Beautifully directed by William Wyler (Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives,), and written by the esteemed Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus), this is Hollywood romanticism at its finest -- visually stunning, psychologically complex, and plotted with an emotional punch that makes tissues as essential as popcorn.
All Movie Guide
With Audrey Hepburn at her most appealing, Gregory Peck at his most charismatic, and Rome at its most photogenic, Roman Holiday remains one of the most popular romances that has ever skipped across the screen. Aside from being an enormously enjoyable romp, the film is most notable for two reasons. The first is Hepburn, featured here in her first starring role in a Hollywood film. Her performance won her an Academy Award and established her as an actress whose waifish, delicate beauty presented a viable alternative to the amply proportioned bombshells of the day. With her wide-eyed but cultivated portrayal of Princess Anne, Hepburn kicked off a trend defined by the Audrey Hepburn "look"--simple, sophisticated, and streamlined. The second reason for the film's importance is its location. Whereas modern-day filmmakers may think nothing of jetting off to remote and exotic locales, in 1953 the idea of traveling beyond a Hollywood soundstage was fairly novel. Director William Wyler's use of Rome is one of the best examples of how a location can become a leading character in a film: without the city's twisted alleyways, bustling crowds, and hulking ruins, Roman Holiday would have had the visual impact of a museum diorama. The effect of using the actual city in the film was eye-popping: audiences saw not just a romance between the two lead characters but a love affair between the camera and the city. In this respect, Roman Holiday goes beyond its status as one of the screen's most enduring romances to become one of history's most thumbed-through travel brochures.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 2:; Audrey Hepburn - The Paramount years; Remembering Audrey; Rome with a princess; Dalton Trumbo: From a-list to blacklist; Restoring Roman Holiday; Behind the gates: costumes; Paramount in the '50s - retrospective featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Princess Anne
Gregory Peck Joe Bradley
Eddie Albert Irving Radovich
Hartley Power Mr. Hennessey
Harcourt Williams Ambassador
Margaret Rawlings Countess Vereberg
Tullio Carminatti Gen. Provno
Paolo Carlini Mario Delani
Claudio Ermelli Giovanni
Paola Borboni Charwoman
Alfredo Rizzo Cab driver
Laura Solari Hennessy's Secretary
Gorella Gori Shoe Seller
Princess Alma Cattaneo Lady-in-Waiting
Princess Lilamani The Raikuuari of Khanipur
Maurizio Arena Driver
John Cortay Correspondent
George Higgins Correspondent
Heinz Hindrich Dr. Bonnachoven
Edward Hitchcock Chief of Correspondents
John Horne Master of Ceremonies
Richard McNamara Correspondent
Giacomo Penza Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Altomonto
Mimmo Poli Worker
Giuliano Raffaelli Actor
Carlo Rizzo Police man
Gianna Segale Actor
Marco Tulli Dancer
Tania Weber Irving's Model
Andre Eszterhazy Embassy Staff

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Georges Auric Score Composer
John Dighton Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian McLellan Hunter Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Robert Swink Editor
Dalton Trumbo Original Story
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Roman Holiday: Feature Film
1. Chapter 1 [1:40]
2. Chapter 2 [5:39]
3. Chapter 3 [6:06]
4. Chapter 4 [5:06]
5. Chapter 5 [5:53]
6. Chapter 6 [6:17]
7. Chapter 7 [9:28]
8. Chapter 8 [9:29]
9. Chapter 9 [5:19]
10. Chapter 10 [6:08]
11. Chapter 11 [4:08]
12. Chapter 12 [7:29]
13. Chapter 13 [4:25]
14. Chapter 14 [5:03]
15. Chapter 15 [9:47]
16. Chapter 16 [7:59]
17. Chapter 17 [8:00]
18. Chapter 18 [10:00]


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