Roman Holiday, produced by William Wyler in 1953, combines the talents of the delicious Audrey Hepburn and the charming Gregory Peck.
The roles had been refused by Liz Taylor and Cary Grant, and Wyler was incapable of resisting the charm of the funny, mischievous newbie actress as she performed a screen test, so it was a then relatively anonymous Audrey Hepburn who got the role.
Ann is a young princess on an official mission in Rome. Bored of the strict protocol that dictates her life, she runs away and fortuitously meets a charming young man, who goes by Joe.
Joe doesn’t know that Ann is a princess, and she is equally unaware of the fact that Joe is a… journalist. Once he understands that she is naught but the princess he was supposed to interview in a much more formal setting, Joe tries to take advantage of the situation by extracting as much information as possible.
Except that, you might’ve guessed…
Except that love gets involved. After a wonderful day spent enjoying the Roman capital in each other’s company, Ann must return to her royal duties and realizes that Joe is a journalist but that he will never disclose any of what they experienced together out of love for her. The one-day Roman holiday ends and the protagonists return to their respective lives.
It’s a charming comedy, in which Audrey Hepburn’s performance was stunning. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress for this movie.
The movie also received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, for Edith Head‘s unmatchable talent – she also dressed Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s movies.
Finally, writer Dalton Trumbo, for whom I have a lot of affection, due to his talent and his resistance to McCarthyism, received the Academy Award for Writing . He was actually on the Hollywood Blacklist because of the latter and could not attend the 1954 Oscar Ceremony and had to send one of his friends, whose name was also on the movie’s credits, as a straw man to collect the Academy Award.
Roman Holiday distinguished itself from the fashionable frilly rom-coms of the time with two rather radical choices. The directors chose to film the movie in black and white, even though Technicolor was taking over the film industry at the time and the writer daringly eschewed the traditional happy ending for an unhappy ending in which the lovers are separated.
Now, I give you… Parisian Holiday 😉
Coast skirt – Vintage top – Chanel sunglasses – Lario 1898 flat shoes – Moreau Paris purse