Posted by: absntmindedariel | August 29, 2010

Roman Holiday (1953)

If you like– Notting Hill, The Princess Diaries, Kate & Leopold

Synopsis– The sheltered European Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) impulsively alludes her chaperones and trades her diplomatic tour of the continent for a much needed holiday.  A handsome reporter (Gregory Peck) finds Anne, discovers her identity, and resolves to humor the young aristocrat in order to nab an exclusive interview and become rich.  It may not be the most original story line, but writer John Dighton adds enough emotion and subtlety to transform the film from sappy chick flick to mature coming-of-age tale.

Why it’s better- Audrey Hepburn has been the epitome of beauty, class and sophistication for so long, it’s almost cliché.  Her posters hang in sorority dorm rooms. It’s bad.  However, after you watch Roman Holiday (Hepburn’s screen debut), you’ll remember why you loved her so much in the first place. She’s disarming.

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