The Front Row View: Roman Holiday

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


William Wyler’s 1953 classic Roman Holiday is the movie that first gave audiences the pleasure of looking at and listening to Audrey Hepburn for an entire movie. 62 years later she takes the screen as enchantingly as ever. As viewers, we’re rewarded with one lovely close-up after another. Gregory Peck, normally not the most interesting actor, is at his most relaxed and appealing here. It’s almost as if playing a sneaky and somewhat seedy character released something in him. Top-notch support from Eddie Albert and others make the post-war Rome backdrop (shot on location) a tantalizing City for Lovers. I’ve never actually done it, but every time I see this movie, I want to jump on a Vespa and head for the nearest sidewalk café. To Audrey!


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