While on a European tour, an unhappy princess slips out of her country’s embassy in Rome and meets a charming American reporter. When he learns her true identity, he wagers to get an exclusive with her, but romance soon takes precedent.
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Lengthily charming and a rare period candidate for something that would look better in colour. A greater spring in its step might have spurred it along somewhat but it's as solidly mounted as you'd expect of Wyler with a dutiful ending that burns off some of the preceding winsomeness.
I agree with Byron that this is fluff, but what sweet, tasty fluff it is. Audrey Hepburn is ridiculously adorable, Gregory Peck is dry like a martini, and they have charming chemistry. You don't remember this film for its plot, but rather the silly fun they have among the Roman landmarks. The title doesn't lie, it says exactly what this is: fond holiday memories.
By far my favorite romantic comedy. Audrey is absolutely stunning in every scene and Peck's dignity is breathtaking. I weep every single time and multiple times during. I've wanted to own a Vespa ever since.
Rewatched it. It's one of my mum's favourite along with Breakfast at Tiffany's and all other Audrey films. It's still as good as I remember, but it's also not really entirely special if not for the stars, and that includes the city itself. Sometimes simple leads to spectacular after all.
Everytime I watch a late Classic Hollywood movie, I'm surprised by the textural/tonal decisions sometimes made, and the "Everything to Everyone" approach hits for the fences and makes it to the stands. Artful, funny, and heartfelt. And of course— Americans love Paris, but we belong in Rome. Hepburn's a marvel, Peck is sensitive, and Albert as the tag-along friend is a DELIGHT.