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Roman Holiday (1953)

“Roman Holiday” is a 1953 American romantic comedy film depicting an ephemeral love between an European princess and an American reporter in only one day. A reverse-Cinderella story. 118 minutes.

Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Directed and produced by William Wyler.

Screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo wrote the original script, but he didn’t receive a credit at that time, because he was on the Hollywood blacklist in the Red Scare after WWII.

The film was shot at the Cinecittà studios in Rome, Italy and on location in Rome.

Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) from a certain European country visits to Rome on official business. She becomes frustrated with her tight schedule. After escaping from her country’s embassy where she is staying, she meets Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), a correspondent of an American newspaper.

The highlights of the film are Hepburn’s performance, her cool costumes (cotton blouse, wide belt, and circular skirt), and the scenes in Rome, including sightseeing places such as Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, and Mouth of Truth.

Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

The 4K restoration was released on Blu-ray by Paramount in 2020.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday | Original Trailer [HD] | Coolidge Corner Theatre