I thought I would continue with my Classic Chick Flick series with a charming romantic comedy from the 1950’s. Audrey Hepburn won an academy award for Best Actress. She plays alongside a rather handsome Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday ( 1953 ).
Audrey Hepburn stars as Princess Ann, European Royalty on a public relations tour of the continent. Feeling tired and bored of endless social engagements she longs to experience Rome, where she is currently staying,as just an ordinary tourist. One night her doctor and advisers give her an injection to help her sleep but it is very slow at kicking in. The princess escapes the royal palace in the back of a delivery truck and is thrown into the hustle and bustle of late night Rome. Unfortunately she is soon feeling extremely sleepy and starts snoozing away on a park bench.
Luckily she is found by Gregory Peck’s journalist ‘Joe Bradley’ who thinking she has had to much wine, lets her sleep in his apartment. Waking late the next day he rushes to work knowing that he has missed his morning appointment ~ attending a press conference to interview a certain Royal visitor to Rome, Princess Ann. Unaware that the stranger he left snoring away is in fact the princess herself ! That is until he sees her picture on the front of the morning papers, along with a cover up story about the princess suddenly falling ill. Joe realizes he may have the chance of a big scoop …..if only he can keep his identity hidden from the hooky playing Royal. He hotfoots it back home.
Ann confesses to Joe that she is in fact a princess and he offers to show her the sights of the city. He also discreetly requests the help of a photographer pal who has an extraordinary amount of cameras hidden up his sleeve including one hidden in a cigarette lighter. Together they hope to get a story on what the princess likes to get up to in her spare time.
Of course they find the princess absolutely delightful. Who could not? What follows are japes and scrapes and fun and laughter in the beautiful Italian Capital. And Joe and Ann discover they have feelings for each other. But will Joe get his scoop?, will Ann run away with him ? or will she decide that her royal duties come before true love…….?
I loved the film but that is no surprise as I am a Audrey Hepburn fan. I loved seeing the sights of Rome too. I wonder if they are all still there? Does the Mouth of Truth really exist? I shall have to visit one day. 🙂