Thursday, January 1, 2015

Roman Holiday (1953)

Director: William Wyler. Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert. 118 min. Not Rated. Comedy/Romance.

Why do we love classics? Let's be honest: it's not because their stories apply much to our lives today (as some plot twists here are somewhat ridiculous), and it's not because these black-and-white pieces a celluloid contain any eye-popping editing or effects. At least in this case, it's all about watching a God and a Goddess, inhabiting the bodies of a manly "hero", and an elegant "princess", charming us for two hours, in a European setting that is unimaginably simple and nostalgic - even though we weren't even born at the time. Seriously, was life on Earth once so simple?

Trivia: This is the movie for which Audrey Hepburn won her only Oscar, notoriously blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo won one his two Oscars, and costume designer Edith Head won one of her 8 Oscars.

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