Roman Holiday

November 9, 2008



HepburnI am a sentimentalist, a romantic at heart. How is it, then, that I had never seen Roman Holiday before this evening?

This movie has so much going for it, especially the exquisite use of silence. And as opposed to some movies where the actors are used to doing things big so that it will be visible on stage, this movie features things done small. How can Audrey Hepburn, with so little motion, convey the sequence of thoughts going through her character’s head?

The kids enjoyed it as well, judging from the laughter that ran throughout the movie. But for an incurable romantic like me, it was utterly amazing. You can quote me: “Jon says it’s even better than Donnie Darko!”



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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to Roman Holiday

  1. Not better than Donnie Darko, but she is the hottest woman that at one point existed on earth and the movie is great.

  2. Haha, Jason! BTW I watched it in part because of your 5-star recommendation on Netflix.

  3. This is Linda’s favorite movie of all time. (or was at one point).

  4. Hmmm… haven’t seen it.
    I need to remedy that.
    To the Netflixcave!

  5. Michael, I imagine Linda ranks Roman Holiday above Donnie Darko. 🙂
    Kevin, my problem is that, since I was -10 when Audrey Hepburn broke onto the scene with this movie, I have little exposure to her. To me, she was just the old lady in On Golden Pond. Now I think Jason’s comment may be accurate: “hot” not as in sex symbol, but as in beauty, grace, intelligence and charm.

  6. Umm.. Are you thinking maybe of Katherine Hepburn? She was in “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda.

  7. Egad, you totally got me, Joe. Two famous actresses with the same last name — huh!