Roman Holiday (1953) is a delightful, captivating fairy-tale romance which was photographed and recorded in its entirety in Rome, Italy.
It the story about an European princess who visited Rome escaped from her embassy, and met a journalist Joe in the night street while she was in deep drowse. Joe wanted to send her home but Ann was so drowsy that Joe had to take her back to his home.
The next day, Joe realized the lady in his room was the princess. Out of earning money by princess’s personal interviewing, he decided
to accompany her all day long, and tried to make successive incidents at the beginning. He pretended to be the prince’s guide, and took her
visiting Rome all day, his friend Irving taking a lot of pictures of them, while she had no sense of it.
The princess’s disappearing caused others’ extremely worry, the
king sending many polices to look for her. They found the princess at the on-water-dance floor, but the princess didn’t want to go back.
Then a disorder caused, and the naughty princess beat them happily. Later, Joe took her away under the disorder…
One day had passed, the princess had to go back, but they had
fall in love deeply with each other. However, they had to separate from each other forever. It was so suffering, but they had to do it. Joe gave up the chance to earn a lot of money, and Irving gave the photos to Ann as presents at the press. During the press when Ann was asked “Which of the cities that you visited did your Highness enjoy the most?” She said, “Each in its own way was unforgettable. It would be difficult to ...Rome. By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory, as long as I live!”
Roman Holiday was produced and directed by one of
Hollywood’s most professional and eminent directors - William Wyler, and he was also known for his strict demand. Wyler was known for other great films including Goldsworthy (1936), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Heiress (1949), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and Funny Girl (1968).
The heroine - Audrey Hepburn was famous for her elegance. She was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her father was John Victor Hepburn-Ruston, an English banker, and her mother Ella van Heemstra was a Dutch baroness. And her family could trace back to the English king Edward ?.
After her parents divorced, she went to London with her mother and entered a private girls’ school. Later, they moved back to the
Netherlands, and then she attended private schools as well. However the bad periods came while they vacationed in Arnhem, Holland, and Hitler’s army suddenly took over the town. After the liberation, Hepburn went to a ballet school in London, gained a scholarship and later took up modeling career. Until 1948 she had a speaking role in the film, Young Wives’ Tale (1951) as Eve Lester. Later she headed to America to try her luck there.
Hepburn became popular in the US with her role in Roman Holiday in 1953. This film turned out to be a highlight as she won an Oscar as Best Actress. This was the milestone in her acting career. One of the reasons for her popularity was the fact that she was so elegant and had classical beauty, unlike the other sexy actresses of the time. In the movie she played a princess named Ann from a small European country.
Her other famous films are One Wild Oat (1951), Laughter In Paradise(1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Monte Carlo Baby (1951),Nous irons à Monte Carlo(1952),The Secret People(1952), Sabrina(1954),War and Peace (1956),Funny Face (1957),Love in the Afternoon(1957),The Nun’s Story(1959), Green Mansions(1959),
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Children’s Hour (1962),Charade
(1963),Paris When It Sizzles(1964),My Fair Lady (1964),How To Steal A Million (1964), Wait Until Dark(1967),Two For The
Road(1967), Robin and Marian(1976), Bloodline(1979), They All Laughed(1981), Always(1989).
Hepburn’s beauty was not only in appearance but also inside. During 1988 to 1993, Hepburn became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund helping children in Latin America and Africa. She was named to People’s magazine as one of the 50 most
beautiful people in the world. Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Switzerland, from colon cancer. She had made a total of 31 high quality movies. Her elegance and style will always be remembered in film history as evidenced by her being named to Empire magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.
The hero - Gregory Peck was one of the famous film stars. His decorum and gentle behaviour overcame countless viewers all around the world, and he also became the symbol of Hollywood golden period. In the movie he played a journalist named Joe Bradley who worked in Italy and wanted to earn the ticket to his hometown New York.
His other movies include-The Keys of the Kingdom (1944),
Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), The Yearling (1946),
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), Twelve O’clock High (1949), The
Gunfighter (1950), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Million Pound Note (1953), The Purple Plain (1954), Night People (1954), The Man
in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), Moby Dick (1956), Designing Woman (1957), The Big Country (1958), To Kill a Mockingbird
(1962), How the West Was Won (1962), The Stalking Moon (1968), The Chairman (1969), I Walk the line (1970), MacArthur s(1977),
Cape Fear The Boys from Brazil (1978), The Sea Wolves (1980),
(1991), Other People’s Money (1991), Moby Dick (1998).
This movie turned out to be famous since it hit the cinema. Though 57 years have passed, it’s still popular all around the world.
The princess’s elegance, naught, and naiveté leaves in our mind forever. The both sweet and sad romantic love story influences generation after generation.
For one thing, it shows the beautiful part in everyone’s heart,
though sometimes it might be covered by the thinking of pursuing to money. Being a journalist, Joe immediately thought to earn money when he knew Ann was the princess. However, things changed gradually after them spending the whole day visiting Rome. Ann was such a naïve and kind princess. She was just like a child, having the belief in anyone, naughty, thirsty for freedom. It’s the natural part inside her changed Joe,
and then their relationship changed subtly. It seems like magic, even mere in one day. Seeing this, it’s peaceful and delighted in every
viewer’s heart. Everyone especially girls have their own romantic dream in their heart. True love is everywhere, just holding the belief and the
beautiful dream. Don’t lose them easily because of the material world and lose oneself in the crowded world.
For another, this movie also shows all of us should take our responsibility. Being a man in the society, in the world, we have no choice. This also makes the romantic story a little bit sad. The evening Ann and Joe separated earned a large amount of tears from us, and the scene at the press leaving us endless sadness but have no choice. This is the reality. The biggest sadness is no more than two people who fall in love with each other live in the same time and space, but they never can stay together because of the different kinds of responsibility.
This film leaves us endless happiness, endless sadness, and endless imagination, making us touch the natural part in everyone’s
heart. The story seems end, but actually it’s endless.