Roman holiday – the movie

I’m going for a full-on multi-media experience in preparing for my forthcoming trips and with this in mind I borrowed a couple of films about Rome from my local library.

First on was Roman Holiday. This is a charmingly lightweight tale of a princess (Audrey Hepburn) who briefly escapes her gilded cage to go wild (by 50s standards) in Rome for 24 hrs with an impoverished but principled journalist (Gregory Peck). I put it on at the weekend, hoping to watch it with my son for some mother and son bonding before our Roman Holiday.

First mistake – try prising any boy away from an MSN conversation with his friends. Reluctantly he joined me.

Can I just watch it for half an hour?

We settled down but during our negotiations he had missed so much that I had to keep stopping to explain what was going on.

This is one of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films, I said brightly – She was the Julia Roberts of her day.

Who’s Julia Roberts?

Pause, then

Why is it in black and white? The Italian Job wasn’t in black and white. Nor was The Great Escape.

I managed to keep him long enough to see Audrey eating ice cream on the Spanish steps before he escaped back to his computer.

What do you think are the chances of him sitting through La Dolce Vita? I think you may know the answer to this if you have sat through La Dolce Vita, as I have. Ben Hur anyone?

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    Freya Harris
    September 10, 2010 at 5:40 am

    i first saw julia robers on the movie pretty woman. she is really very beautiful”`~

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