Classic film fans, this one's for you!
Being such a passionate fan of world travel, I have always enjoyed quality films set abroad or made by international film studios... think L'auberge Espagnole, Before Sunrise, Under the Tuscan Sun, romantic comedies like Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, the great British gangster films (Snatch, the Bank Job, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,among them), and the great Italian oscar winner Cinema Paradiso.
Well, in that vein, another classic old-school film set in Italy, Roman Holiday - starring Gregory Peck and Belgium-born British actress Audrey Hepburn - will be re-released for a short time this July! Ms. Hepburn won an Academy Award (Oscar) for her role as Princess Anne. This is the 60th Anniversary year for this timeless classic, first released in 1953!
Here is the link to the Film Dates UK website mentioning this event: http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/5200-roman-holiday/
Following is the YouTube trailer for this classic film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFo0txAvuE
Thirdly, and finally, for those who like me love the trivia and history of the movie business, here is a great page from Wikipedia on the movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Holiday
Here is an excerpt taken from the Wikipedia page providing the intriguing background on Ms. Hepburn:
[ Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She has since been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in successful films like Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and accrued a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in late 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland in early 1993 at the age of 63. [END WIKIPEDIA Review] ]
We will be meeting prior to the film at a cool local pub (the Riverfront Bar, just under the Waterloo Bridge along the Southbank at 7PM.) After a drink or three or perhaps something to eat, we will saunter on over to the BFI - thanks to Adam for pointing out tickets were on sale by the way (please buy asap in case this sells out) - and watch our film! We might have a drink afterwards as well if we have time.
NOTE: Here is some Contact Information for the BFI Southbank (in addition to the weblink below for Tickets):
The Box Office is open daily from 11:30 - 20:30.
Tickets can be booked online (except for free events) or by telephoning the BFI Southbank Box Office on 020 7928 3232.
For daily information call 020 7633 0274.
London, SE1 8XT
Alternative BFI contacts:
BFI Switchboard - 020 7928 3535
Lost Property - 020 7815 1355
That gets me motivated to be sure! Come out and enjoy a great July Friday at the movies - and appreciate the way film-making was done in the so-called "Golden Age" of Hollywood (when movies dominated summer entertainment, and the internet and cable TV were decades away)...
UPDATE: As of 2014 (814PM) on Monday 15 July, there were still plenty of tickets available - but please do not wait until the last minute. I want to make sure I get to see all of you there... and after all, the early birds get the best seats!
WHAT: Movie (Roman Holiday) and Pub
WHEN: (Meeting Time) 7PM at the Pub (Riverfront Bar) / (Showtime) 2030 (830PM), Friday, 19 July 2013. We are going for the later showtime partly so that your friendly organizer can get there on time, and as many of our members might have some trouble getting there by the earlier time after work on a Friday.
WHERE: Riverfront Bar (Pub at 7PM) & BFI Southbank (Auditorium NFT1 at 830PM) (Waterloo Bridge Tube - Northern and Jubilee Lines)
TUBE: Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, and Jubilee Lines)
See you there!