Exploring the art of storytelling.
I have finally seen Audrey Hepburn in her first starring role. “Roman Holiday” was a sweet film and a prime example of a classic romantic comedy.
I assume that most Americans didn’t have the money or time to travel abroad during the 1950s when this film came out. So, this film was one of a kind, allowing Americans to explore the sites of Rome without actually traveling there, especially considering the fact that most films weren’t shot oversees. I enjoyed all the footage of Roman sites and architecture. “Roman Holiday” was not only a beautiful story, but a beautiful visual experience as well.
My favorite actor by far in this film was Eddie Albert. He was absolutely perfect in the role of Irving. His lines flowed so smoothly and naturally, and his interactions with Joe Bradley were flawlessly believable. What also made me very impressed by his acting was the fact that I could picture Irving as a person in society today. I’ve felt that the acting of the 50s is sometimes over-exaggerated, but this was not the case for Eddie Albert. I was almost convinced that Eddie Albert was Irving and not an actor. In my opinion, Eddie Albert should have deserved an oscar, but at least he was nominated.
As bittersweet as it was, I enjoyed the ending. In a perfect world, Princess Ann and Joe Bradley would have ended up together, but this story was set in the real world. And in the real world, princesses have duties to their country and constantly need to make sacrifices. I appreciated that the story remained realistic. I was sad, but at the same time, the story wouldn’t have been as good if they had ended up together. Also, it couldn’t be called “Roman Holiday” if their relationship went on forever. The film gave me the “Casablanca” vibe of “we’ll always have Paris,” but instead, “we’ll always have Rome.”
It was very interesting watching a film like this today. It caused me to realize that humans haven’t changed much over the years. We desire the same things and find joy in the same pleasures. I encourage everyone to watch or re-watch this amazingly delightful film.