Traveling through the movies – Roman Holiday

Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum

Here’s a classic movie filmed in Rome. The great thing about Rome is that not much changes in the historic city centre. You can see the same things today as you could in the 1950s when this movie was made!

The story is about a princess played by Audrey Hepburn who comes to Rome for a reception. She is bored by all the hand shaking and ceremony and slips out one evening. Gregory Peck plays a journalist and he spots her but doesn’t recognize her at first. She gets drunk and he takes her home and puts her to bed in his flat. The next morning he’s discovered who she is and realizes he’s got a story on his hands.

He takes her around Rome for a “Grand Day Out” and we have loads of views of Rome, both the famous monuments and the streets and bridges as they zip around the city on a moped.

bocadeverita

The Mouth of Truth, “La Bocca della Verità” in Santa Maria Cosmedin

The movie was filmed in 1953 in black and white by director William Wyler and was Audrey Hepburn’s breakout movie. Gregory Peck was so impressed by her that he allowed her to have top billing, a very generous gesture in the actor pecking order of things. She charmed the world and shot to stardom.

It’s one of my all time favourite movies, and is a wonderful “visit” to Rome. Rome is still as interesting a city to visit as it would have been then. Other good films set in Rome include Woody Allen’s latest, To Rome with Love, La Dolce Vita (another classic), The Talented Mr. Ripley, Angels and Demons,  and Only You (which I’ve mentioned before).

spanishsteps

Audrey enjoying gelato and the sunshine on the Spanish Steps

leakyboat

Bernini’s Leaky Boat fountain (“Fontana della Barcaccia “) at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

7 thoughts on “Traveling through the movies – Roman Holiday

  1. THE ANCIENT LIBRARIAN says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Roman Holiday is one of my favorite Peck and Hepburn films.

    I’ve read that there was another ending where Anna and Joe lived happily ever after, but the writers decided on the original ending.

    NAMASTE’

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