Forbes' Marc Berman shares his experience revisiting the Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday.
Given this fan’s appetite for excellence in classic cinema, I’ve lost count how many times I have seen the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday. So, when the opportunity arose from Fathom Events to revisit the pairing of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn (not to mention Eddie Albert pre-Green Acres) at a theater, there I was among other nostalgic movie enthusiasts enjoying this tale of a bored and sheltered princess named Ann (Hepburn) who escapes her guardians and falls in love with Joe Bradley (Peck), an American newsman in Rome.
Like other films presented by Fathom Events, I particularly enjoy the commentary before or after each film care of a film historian. This time, Leonard Maltin was on tap to discuss Roman Holiday.
In her first major film role, Audrey Hepburn, then just 24, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. It was no surprise to Gregory Peck, however. He suggested to the producers to also put her name over the film’s title because he predicted she would win. In her star-making performance as Princess Ann, this was the first of a string of memorable roles for the beloved actress and humanitarian.
When was the last time you took a journey to Roman Holiday?