I sure wished I still lived in California. They seem to always be showing a classic movie some where, but I've been lucky enough to see four here in Texas. Breakfast at Tiffany's, North by Northwest, Swingtime and now Roman Holiday. I love Audrey Hepburn. She's my favorite actress and Idol. I remember growing up and thinking she was the most beautiful woman, and she seemed like she had the sweetest soul. I would love to have met her. I think I could watch Breakfast at Tiffany's over and over and never get tired of it. Audrey was a wonderful actress, and she seemed to portray every character perfectly. What's your favorite Audrey movie?
Princess Ann, played by Audrey Hepburn is overwhelmed by the demands of the lifestyle that is expected of her. She seems to want to live a "normal" life at least for a bit, so she leaves one night without anyone knowing her whereabouts. She meets a man in a taxi named Joe Bradley played by Gregory Peck. Joe is a reporter for a local newspaper. Ann was given a sedative before leaving which makes her very sleepy, and unable to know where she is. Joe brings her back to his place to sleep it off not knowing her true identity. The next day at work he finds out she is a Princess, but decides not to tell Ann because this could finally be his big break for his "big" story.
The next hours are filled with many questions from Joe trying to find out about Ann's life when all she wants to do is be someone else for a while. They spend the day together doing things they have always wanted to do. Joe seems to slowly fall in love with Ann (her as well) all the while trying to get information about her. When later that evening Ann is found by the governement agents sent to look for her, she realizes their relationship can't continue and she needs to go back. She says goodbye and heads to the Embassy.
The next day Ann is at a news conference where she sees Joe and finds out he is a reporter. He lets her know in a quiet way that her secret is safe with him, and decides to never report on anything he found out about her, or release any of the pictures he had his friend take of the princess. It's truly hearbreaking at the end for me seeing that these two love each other, but know they can't be together. I still like to imagine that somehow they did find one another at the right time and lived happily ever after. Roman Holiday is a funny, touching story and one that everybody should see at least once, especially if lucky enough on the big screen.
I took these in the theatre. This is my favorite part when they are driving around on a motorcycle seeing the beautiful scenes of the city. She's having fun and laughing. Such a lovely part of the movie.
Wonderful Movie, very exciting to watch!