Throwback Thursday-Roman Holiday (1953)

As glamorous being a member of a royal family can seem like, it can also feel constricting.

In the 1953 film, Roman Holiday, Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is a Princess on a tour of Europe. Her current stop is in Rome. She yearns to for an opportunity to be normal for once. Pretending to be sick, she sneaks away from her royal chaperones. Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) is an American journalist who gives Ann the opportunity to be normal, while using their time together to get the ultimate scoop. They fall in love, but can they be together?

If there was a list of definitive and timeless romantic comedies, Roman Holiday would be high up on the list. Not only was it Audrey Hepburn’s film debut, but it is funny, charming and romantic without falling into the easy cliches of the genre.

I absolutely recommend it.


Throwback Thursday-The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)

There are few old Hollywood performers as memorable as Audrey Hepburn. Remembered for her iconic roles in Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961), Roman Holiday (1953) and her humanitarian work, Ms. Hepburn will always forever be remembered for heart and her trend setting fashion.

In 2000, Jennifer Love Hewitt starred in the TV movie/biopic, The Audrey Hepburn Story. As a girl, a young Audrey Hepburn (Emmy Rossum) wanted to be a ballet dancer. But her parent’s divorce and World War II changed all that. The movie then follows her career as she becomes a movie star and has to juggle work, fame and relationships.

As biopics go, this TV movie is not bad. But it’s not good either. While Jennifer Love Hewitt is not the best actress, she certainly gives it her all. I just wonder what could have been done differently to make this program more palatable.

Do I recommend it? Sort of.


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