Roman Holiday (1953)
by William Wyler
This black and white film is an olden, but no less a golden. It is filmed and set in the Italian capital, playing host to a young princess that wishes to be normal, if only for a day. She possesses the desire to be spontaneous and unregimented, as she has done nothing for herself. The endless series of planned arrangements and commitments pushes her to her limits to take a holiday. Upon her escape she befriends a journalist; Joe Bradley, little does Princess Ann know, he is hoping to get a scoop of the royal woman. However, the relationship takes a deeper romantic turn as they explore the city together. But all good things must come to the end as they return to their normal lives once again and pursue their vastly different roles of royalty and commoner.
Audrey Hepburn, one of the acting legends, stars in a Roman Holiday. It is one of her notable roles, as she portrays both dynamics of the princess; the one who knows her duty and obligations and the one who wants to live life to the fullest and experience everything of her own accord. She exhibits the blessings and curses of what it means to be royalty. This makes the audience glad that they aren’t royalty instead of envying the happy princess ideology, often presented in stories. The notion that royalty have everything they could possibly want has been shattered, as this film clearly demonstrates the royal façade isn’t always as it may seem.