Year Released: 1953
Main Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert
Review Date: April 2017 (only just within my close-to-view-time review criteria but in my defence I wrote the review about January)
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD
“Is this the elevator?”
It’s easy to get lost in the heady world of green-screen and Oscar-winning cry-babies these days. Some are great and some are pants, just like always. In it’s day, Roman Holiday was a sumptuous outing into the strange world of Europe and the closed world of royalty but has it lost it’s charm when watched decades later?
No. Defo not. It’s a superb comedy with an innocent pleasure that would still win the awards today.
Audrey – OMG! – beautiful and spirited with an incredible playfulness that’s been lost for most ‘make-me-look-serious-and-great’ actors nowadays. She’s every bit the princess as well as, in one set of scenes, a fantastic drunk!
Gregory seems an odd pairing initially, especially due to the age difference, but, as the reporter in question, he fills the screen as a street-smarts who’s slowing losing control of what he wants.
Eddie is excellent as the ‘but I thought that you said… ?!?!’ element and the whole piece is wonderfully placed in a now lost Rome where the traffic and tourism were queue-less. Not name dropping here but I’ve been to Rome and yet the way the camera and direction loves the action and keeps the sight-seeing as a glossy backdrop makes it all look fresh and exciting.
Script is fast paced and the production is never in the way so I felt the whole thing was fun and quick to watch but it’s the actors you get involved with before anything else. Maybe that’s the close camera work or the script, I don’t know. All I know is I would recommend anyone and everyone sees this at least once in their lifetime.
DVD Extras: Loads of ‘Remembering’ style stuff and some costume tests for Audrey. What a good looking girl!
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