Saturday, May 11, 2013

Italian Cinema: Roman Holiday

One of my classes in Rome covered classic Italian film. Naturally, Roman Holiday was on our screening list. Although it is in English, the classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is a timeless, entertaining piece that makes great use of La Citta Eterna as a setting. 

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Princess Anne (Hepburn) is the original rebellious royal, escaping from her security to explore Rome. After falling asleep on an outdoor bench, an American reporter (Peck) finds & takes her around the city, unaware that she is the princess due to her new short hairdo. 

The Vespa scene is my favorite part of the movie solely because it places all of the tourist attractions such as Piazza Spagna, Altare della Patria and the Coliseum in close proximity to each other. While it is possible to get to these locations in one day, they are farther apart from each other than shown. 

Roman Holiday is a timeless film and provides a wonderful snapshot of the Eternal City!

Source: IMDB

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