90 Days of Oscar Nominees #78 – Roman Holiday (1953)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 78th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Joe, we can’t go running around town with a hot princess!” – Irving

Number of Times Seen – 2 (21 Jan 2000 and 19 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – While in Rome, a young Princess escapes her bodyguards in order to have fun and meets an American reporter

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago, yet didn’t remember much about it besides the fact that Audrey Hepburn was amazing in it.

This was one of her very first roles and she won an Oscar for Best Actress for this portrayal.

It helped pave the way for the rest of her career.

The story itself is presented in a very “light” fashion and works almost the entire time because it feels like a modern-day fairy tale.

The biggest problem here though is the lack of real chemistry between Hepburn and leading man Gregory Peck which probably has much to do with their age difference, but despite it being a bit iffy, it still works in a passable way.

They do a great job showing how someone growing up in the world of royalty might wish to find a reprieve and get a look at how the “commoners” live.

I think that the hairdressing scene says so much about the message of this film without needing much dialogue.

Bottom Line – Hepburn is amazing in this film and it help cement her career. The story is light and works in most cases and stays enjoyable throughout. The chemistry between Hepburn and Peck is a bit iffy but is still passable.  Shows a nice perspective on how a “stuffy” royal life might sometimes be too much for a young heir and therefore must need a chance for a “break”. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Audrey Hepburn won the role of Ann thanks to a legendary screen test. She performed a scene from the film, and the cameraman was instructed to keep the cameras rolling after the director said, “Cut.” Several minutes of unrehearsed, spontaneous Hepburn was captured on film. That, combined with some candid interview footage, won her the role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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