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