Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Princess Ann: Is this the elevator?
Joe: This is my room!
Princess Ann (Hepburn) is tired of living her constantly scheduled life and decides to sneak out in the middle of the night in order to enjoy a night in Rome. When a reporter, Joe (Peck), stumbles upon her drunk, sleeping on a bench, he feels compelled to take her back to his apartment and make sure she’s alright. After discovering just who she is, Joe sees a chance for the story of a lifetime.
Well, you can’t talk about this movie without first talking about Audrey Hepburn. She won an Oscar for this one, and deservedly so. She’s believable as the somewhat immature, bored princess we see behind the scenes, as well as the more stately, dignified princess we see on display for all the important people she has to meet. She’s equally good being comically drunk, romantic, and adventurous. It’s definitely one of those can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-her type performances.
Unfortunately, Gregory Peck seems a little stiff in comparison. He’s certainly not bad, he’s just sort of…there…at times. Though, his best moments are at the end, when he’s realizing how impossible it would be to have a relationship with the princess. After all the other press members are gone, he stands alone, then takes a long walk through an expansive room that echoes the distance between them and just how unattainable she is. It’s heartbreaking.
Also heartbreaking, in a more simple way, is that feeling of having to go back to your daily scheduled life after having been on a vacation. After living it up in Rome for a day or two, Princess Ann has to go back to her stifling world of appointments with important people. That’s the kind of universal theme that just about everybody can relate to on some level. Heck, as I write this, it’s my first day back at work after a week and a half off. I was not ready to come back. I think if I were in Princess Ann’s situation, I would have stayed away for good.
It’s a funny and entertaining script, it shows us some lovely views of Rome, and it features Audrey at her best. Basically you should just go watch it now if you haven’t seen it. And if you have seen it, go watch it again.
Love will win out over the need for a good news story.
10 – .2 because Peck’s performance is occasionally a little dull – .8 for a few minor lulls and failed comedy attempts = 9.0