Roman Holiday

Published July 6, 2023

Roman Holiday

Film info

  • Title Roman Holiday
  • Director William Wyler
  • Year 1953
  • Run time 1hr 19m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Tagline Romance in romantic Rome!

Audrey Hepburn portrays a modern-day princess, rebelling against the royal obligations, who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:56 Leaving the shoe behind is so Cinderella!
8:35 The schedule pronunciation debate, just brushed aside like that.
16:46 You can’t be yawning when you’re doing a midnight flit, surely the adrenaline will help?
25:44 “Is this the elevator?” Haha, cheeky.
28:09 Their meeting is very contrived but I do like the banter.
43:07 Wow, breaking news, but Gregory Peck is super handsome, isn’t he?
56:13 This is reminding me of the scenes in Aladdin with the princess.
1:04:49 Imagine walking in the rain being on your bucket list.
1:07:19 Hugely love them talking around what they actually do for a living.
1:17:16 Getting arrested isn’t a great way of keeping a low profile.
1:26:59 Pretty hard to get paparazzi shots like that.
1:33:15 “You should always wear my clothes.” “It seems I do.”
1:42:15 Such tall doors in palaces.
1:44:27 Poor Irving!
1:57:00 Cute ending.


What a lovely film this is. You never quite know what to expect when delving back into the archives and watching a classic black and white movie - sometimes they can be quite stuffy, but this one was wonderful. The story is pretty light, the motivations not deeply explored, and the setups are a bit contrived, but Hepburn and Peck absolutely smash through any problems there might be with the script with their individual personalities and their combined chemistry. A real gem.

Rating: 5 / 5

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