Finally, I get to see this one all the way through. It's a classic tale of not-so-mistaken identity concerning a european princess who escapes from her oppressive schedule into the streets of Rome and the newspaper reporter who unwittingly befriends her.
Audrey Hepburn's breakthrough performance in this film was rewarded with an Oscar. There are some great moments here, from the opening where the princess loses her shoe, to the Mouth of Truth, to the melee on the boat, and more. It's the moments that make the film, rather than the overt plot, which has been echoed in so many other films over the years. And it's the acting that makes the moments possible. Hepburn is brilliant, and Gregory Peck in the reporter role does much more than just provide a foil for her performance.
William Wyler does an excellent job letting the actors act. There's a few shot choices that get a little in the way of the story, but they're not that noticeable after all.
It is, most of all, a complete film. The third act does not let down, as would be very easy to do in a film like this, which does very well with its schtick through the main body of the film.
All in all, a holiday away from the crap of recent years.
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