Retrospective Review: Roman Holiday

Although “Roman Holiday” was not Audrey Hepburn’s first acting role, it was the film that helped to put her on the map. Released in 1953, “Roman Holiday” still delights and charms audiences today. It’s hard not to watch Hepburn and her co-star Gregory Peck careen through Rome on a Vespa scooter and not fall in love with this picture. Fun fact: After the picture had been released sales of Vespa scooters went through the roof! Continue reading Retrospective Review: Roman Holiday

Spotlight: Audrey Hepburn

May 4th marks Audrey Hepburn’s 91st birthday.  Hepburn is remembered for her many iconic roles.  From Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) to Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1964) to Princess Ann in “Roman Holiday” (1953), Hepburn was captivating on-screen.

My personal favourite films of hers are “Charade” (1963) and “Wait Until Dark” (1967).  “Charade” was a smart comedy.  Her banter with Cary Grant was superb.  And I appreciate that she squashed the romantic storyline of the film because of the significant age difference between her and Grant.  Iconic.  Meanwhile, “Wait Until Dark” was much, um, darker, than any other works before.  Hepburn stars as a recently blinded woman who accidentally has a doll full of heroin in her possession.  Alan Arkin plays the drug dealer needing to get his product back.  It is an intriguing and intense cat and mouse game which culminates at the climax of the film where Arkin chases Hepburn through a pitch-black apartment.  It is horrifying, terrifying, stressful, and made watching “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) a bit difficult for a while. Continue reading Spotlight: Audrey Hepburn

Women’s History Month: Audrey Hepburn- Still the Classiest

Coffee and croissant in hand at sunrise, pearls, a beehive up-do topped-off with a sparkling tiara, over-sized sunglasses—the reflection of a woman in the glass of a jewelry store. A young girl sprawled out on a tree branch over-looking a party she’s not privy to, an off-duty princess taking a rogue scooter disruptively through a town. All of these simple moments are from films that star the iconic Audrey Hepburn.  The percentage and likelihood that you have seen her image next to a cheesy inspirational quote or her face on a poster of a college age woman’s dorm room wall is absolutely certain, whether you have seen any film she is in or not. Maybe the quote was an actual quote she coined, maybe not. It is undebatable that Hepburn’s image, stardom, and influence has far outlived her life.  Continue reading Women’s History Month: Audrey Hepburn- Still the Classiest