#232: Roman Holiday (1953)

When and how did I watch this?

September 11th and 13th, 2015, on DVD.

Had I seen this film already?

Sort of.  My wife owns it, but I wasn’t keen on the film previously, so I think I kinda spaced out during the last screening.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Audrey Hepburn featured in a classic film.

What do I know about it now?

My wife mentioned it was Hepburn’s first lead role, and I believed she carried it well.  It’s a bit whimsical and not exactly innovative, but it gets the job done.  The plot didn’t tie off in a typical fashion, which I found refreshing.

What are some themes in the film?

Ethics, autonomy, pride. It’s mostly a cute story.

Did this affect me personally?


Why is this ranked #232?

It could be a pioneer for romantic comedies, and Hepburn looks great on the screen (doesn’t she always?), but I can’t see why it was ranked above others beyond those reasons.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She loves this movie.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Again, it depends on the type of film they’re interested in.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Sure, if not just for posterity.  It has its moments and features a couple of the best actors of all time, but it doesn’t seem set apart as a quality screenplay with some compelling or memorable aspects.

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