Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Roman Holiday

We're at the start of the New Elizabethan age. 1953. A young princess slips away from her minders and gets to have a day's worth of innocent fun in Rome. Her companion- a cynical American journalist- sets out intending to exploit her, then falls in love and buries his exclusive. Of course the romance has no future.

The Princess is Audrey Hepburn. The story goes that Greg Peck insisted on her getting equal star billing.  It was intended as his vehicle; it becomes hers. And not just because she's so lovely, but also because she's such a deft comedian.

A gentle, charming little movie- bitter-sweet- but with pertinent things to say about royalty and the media. There's a paparazzo in it- only the term hadn't been coined yet. The sequence in which the Princess takes off recklessly on a vespa with the photographer in pursuit is prescient.

How long before Hollywood orders up a remake?
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