Roman Holiday,1953 movie
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  • The young and beautiful princess is tired of her boring life, bound by protocol and scheduled to the minute, she dreams of exploring the real world and trying out a simple, normal life without all the obligations and constraints of royalty

    • by Lorianna
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      This beautiful black and white movie is set in Rome, somewhere in the early 1950s. Ann (Audrey Hepburn), a princess of an unspecified European country, has come to Rome as a part of her official tour of several Europe’s capitals. The young and beautiful princess is tired of her boring life, bound by protocol and scheduled to the minute, she dreams of exploring the “real world” and trying out a simple, normal life without all the obligations and constraints of royalty. As she goes over her schedule for her visit to Rome, packed with public appearances and speeches, Ann cannot take it anymore and breaks down, so bad that she has to be sedated.

      She waits until everyone in the embassy goes to bed and, still


      drugged, sneaks out through the window to the streets of Rome. As she wanders around, she is found by Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American journalist. Joe notices her condition and, seeing that the young girl obviously has no place to go, takes her to his apartment, having no idea who she is.

      She thinks her drunk, and explains the strangeness of her behavior by that. In the morning, Joe is late for work. As he shows up at the office, he attempts to lie his way out of trouble by saying that he has been interviewing the princess, but his editor shows him a newspaper announcement that Her Highness has gotten ill and cancelled all the interviews and appointments.

      The newspaper has her picture, and ...


      • Joe realizes whom he has just left sleeping in his apartment. He makes the editor promise him $5,000 if he brings a big scoop about the princess and runs home. On the way, he calls his friend, a photographer, and tells him to come with his camera.

        The princess is still there when Joe comes home. Joe hides the fact that he now knows who she is, as well as the fact that he is a reporter. They set out on a tour of the city, meet the photographer, and have all kinds of fun together, driving a motorcycle, eating ice cream, and sightseeing.

        At first, Joe is only interested in the story and the pictures his friend is going to take, but gradually he becomes

        charmed with the princess. The two fall in love, with Ann still having no idea that the wonderful friend she has made is a reporter who knows her identity. Eventually, she finds out.

        She forgives Joe, but you kinda know from the start that this love story won’t work - and it doesn’t. The princess remembers her duty and goes back to her life of protocol and obligations. She sees Joe one last time at a press conference, where he is one of the reporters and she must address him Mr.

        Bradley, just like all other journalists. Out of his love and respect to Ann, Joe never writes the story and gives her the pictures his friend had taken, letting her know that they will not be published.




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