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Roman Holiday

DVD - 2002 DVD Comedy Roman 3 On Shelf 1 request on 5 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Call Number: DVD Comedy Roman
On Shelf At: Downtown Library, Pittsfield Branch, Westgate Branch

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Downtown 1st Floor DVD Comedy Roman Downtown Library On Shelf
Pittsfield Adult DVD Comedy Roman Pittsfield Branch On Shelf
Westgate Adult A/V DVD Comedy Roman Westgate Branch Reshelving
Malletts Adult DVD Comedy Roman Malletts Creek Branch Due 12-20-2018
Traverwood Adult DVD Comedy Roman Traverwood Branch Due 12-23-2018

Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.
Special features: Remembering Roman holiday; Restoring Roman holiday; Edith Head : the Paramount years; Trailers; Photo galleries.
Special features include: full screen format, "Remembering Roman Holiday" documentary, "Restoring Roman Holiday" featurette, "Edith Head-The Paramount years" featurette, photo galleries, teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, re-release trailer.
Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, Paola Borboni, Alfredo Rizzo, Laura Solari, Gorella Gori.
A princess rebels against her royal obligations and explores Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love.
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; Dolby digital mono.; full-screen presentation.

COMMUNITY REVIEWS

An Absolute Must-See submitted by CasualTim on May 9, 2010, 3:08pm Though "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the better-known work of the classic trio (thanks a bunch, Deep Blue Something), which includes "Sabrina," this one has always been my favorite. I'm tempted to use the word 'romp,' but I think modern cultural definitions would imply a much more base experience than this movie is. How about this: this movie will redefine your understanding of what a romp can be. And somehow despite all the laughs, still pulverize your heart into a gelatinous mush in the end.

"Roman Holiday" is a masterpiece. Clean and simple, it is a perfect tour through release and restraint, abandon and propriety, indulgence and duty. Any romantic comedy today has a predetermined ending, with the protagonist taking the life-altering journey from propriety or general high-strungedness to the unconstrained flailing of the gratification muscle. It's the 'let down your hair and take off your glasses and you will change from outcast to perfect' theory of plot. "Roman Holiday" is proof that refinement once existed in this genre, with even the moments of personal excess and silliness being conducted with a style and etiquette that would seem entirely foreign now. And the question of whether or how much lives are changed is mostly left up to the viewer to decide.

To be fair, when Princess Ann very, very briefly breaks from the script at the press conference at the end, giving something away to her public and partially answering that question of change for the viewer, it's always a breathtaking moment for me. After several viewings the only thing that's changed about the impact of that moment in the film is that I can feel the welling-up start slightly earlier. "Roman Holiday" is both fun and honest, and does for the viewer almost everything it does for its characters; expect hijinx, suspense, laughter, hope, redemption, and those pesky tears.

And hey, what film has done more to show the style and class inherent to scootering?

10/10