dir. william wyler
“The best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while.”
I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn today. I can’t explain it; her charm and her innocence makes her seem unbelievably down to earth, and when paired with Gregory Peck (still as gorgeous and suave as ever), the idea of being a part of this Holiday makes my heart ache.
Hepburn is Princess Ann, a young heir tired of constantly being tossed around with busy schedules and foreign policy questions. After fleeing her palace in a heavily sedated state, she stumbles into the arms of Joe Bradley (Peck), a journalist set to interview her in the morning. Once he realizes his great fortune, he sets out on snagging an exclusive article with the incognito socialite.
“I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s most unusual.”
While I’m not sure if the film should really be classified as a “romance”, as Peck is more scheming than sensual, it definitely ushers in the “rom-com” decades before the genre would take off. The shots of Rome are all great, and the chemistry between the two leads are undeniable–Peck fought to have Hepburn billed equally, an unparalleled move especially when taken into account that this was her first film role. Produced on location by a team which included many blacklisted writers and artists, Roman Holiday does exactly what it and its star character wants to do: get away from it all and have a good time.