Friday, October 4, 2013

Roman Holiday - Movie Review

Simple, elegant, charming and timeless. Take a young princess. Set Rome as the backdrop. Stifle her free heart with suffocating schedules of prim and proper meetings. She breaks down - and breaks out to experience life outside the window. (It reminded me of how I'd long to be on the road during school hours whenever I saw the top of the Abid Road from the third floor of All Saints High School). Introduce the debonair Amercian reporter Joe Bradley who helps her live some part of her dream. His motive, a story. Her motive, freedom. But then it leads to some wonderfully nice moments for both, and the audience. And the subtlest manner of personal growth as they emerge as better, wiser and more mature people from the experience.

No extra melodrama as we'd seen in 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin'. Just a mere nod of the head and the smallest digression from her press interview where the princess meets some members of the press. And they move on, with one day being elevated to a special ones in their lives. And ours too I suspect.

Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn are brilliant and so is the perfect support cast. You could watch it any number of times - the hallmark of a classic for me. Another one from the 50s, 1954 if I am not mistaken. Have all the good stories been told already? Where are stories like these? I am simply loving watching the classics.

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