Thursday, February 16, 2012

Roman Holiday (1953)

This is an okay movie. Crown princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is on a widely publicized tour of European capitals. Feeling overwhelmed by the stress of her duties, she is given a sedative by her doctor to help her sleep. She decides to sneak out of the embassy and experience the nightlife of Rome. She falls asleep on a bench and is discovered by an American reporter (Gregory Peck) living in Rome who doesn't recognize the royal woman. He takes her back to his apartment so she can sleep. The next morning he wakes up and is late for work. He picks up the newspaper and realizes that the woman in his apartment is actually the princess, and he hopes for an exclusive story from her.

The film was remade as a television movie in 1987 starring Catherine Oxenberg, daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. Rome Daily American was an English language daily newspaper published in Rome, Italy which operated from 1946 to 1984. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, and Writing. The film inspired the lyrics of Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The Mouth of Truth scene was shown in the 2006 film You, Me and Dupree.


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