Film Review: Roman Holiday(1953)

By: Victoria Standeven

As the semester starts to wind down, all of us are tired, stressed, and burned out, and looking forward to our month long Christmas Break! However, to deal with your stress you should the take time for yourself and sit down and watch Roman Holiday. This wonderful, warm, and charming film stars Audrey Hepburn as a runaway princess who wants a break from her royal duties, and Gregory Peck as a news reporter who falls in love with the Princess(IMDB.COM). I love this movie. It is my favorite movie and you all should watch it because it is a fantastic story about love, friendship and doing the right thing and it is set in beautiful Rome! As a matter of fact, this is the first film ever shot entirely on location in Rome (IMDB.COM).

This movie turned me into a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, but it was also the first Gregory Peck film I ever saw. What stood out to me while watching this film was the fact that Audrey Hepburn seemed so natural and radiant. She was calm, gracious, and beautiful, and Gregory Peck was a gentleman. According to IMDB Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were not the first choices for the film. The first choices were Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Capra was supposed to direct it (IMDB.COM). However, that idea got shelved (IMDB.COM).

This movie was nominated for 10 Oscars. It won three; for Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Writing for motion picture story, and Best Costume design by Edith Head(IMDB.COM).

If I were to give this film a rating I would give it an A. I would give it an A because I loved the storyline, the characters, all the performances of the actors. Most of all I thought it was a cute and entertaining film, but it made me wonder all up until the end how the film would end, and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. This, I believe is Audrey Hepburn’s best film and go watch it for yourself and enjoy! PS I wanted to mention the ending will have you in tears so keep a box of tissues nearby and be prepared to cry.



IMDB.Com. “ Roman Holiday”. Web. 11 November 2018.



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