On Wednesday, August 21st at 8:30 P.M. TIFF in the Park will be showing Roman Holiday, (1953) a wonderful romantic comedy starring Gregory Peck and introducing Audrey Hepburn in her first major role.
A young Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) tired of performing her royal duties, longs to live the life of a normal girl her age. In the middle of a highly publicized European Royal tour, the bored and sheltered princess has a minor breakdown and her doctor gives her a sedative which he says will make her feel happy and rested. Before the drug has a chance to take affect Anne quickly dresses and escapes her confines by climbing in the back of a small delivery truck leaving the royal compound. Though very sleepy, she is enjoying the freedom she has never experienced in her life. Anne finally falls asleep on a park bench in the middle of Rome.
Anne’s Royal guardians finally realize that she is missing and they go into emergency mode. They tell the press that the princess is ill and they cancel her schedule for the next day.
Joe Bradley, (Gregory Peck) a down on his luck American news correspondent finds Anne sleeping outside. Thinking that she is drunk, he attempts to wake her. Just about to leave her, he spots a taxi, pours her inside and tries to find out where she lives so that he could drop her off. All she can say in her sedated state is, “I’m so happy, I’m so happy”. Finally, feeling sorry for her, Bradley takes her home to his tiny apartment to let her sleep it off.
The next morning, Bradley is supposed to have an interview with her Royal Highness but sleeps in. He leaves the girl to continue sleeping and goes to see his publisher. After seeing her picture in the newspaper, Bradley finally realizes who he has stumbled upon. He suddenly has the exclusive of a lifetime and contacts his photographer friend, Irving (Eddie Albert of Green Acres fame) to document it. Joe and Irving take Anne out on the town and she has the time of her life, never realizing that they are newspaper men. The Princess and Bradley fall in love with each other in the meantime. What will be the final outcome?
Gregory Peck in an unprecedented move insisted that the relatively unknown Audrey Hepburn share top billing with him. Hepburn went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the princess.
At 7:15 P.M., let’s begin to gather at the SW corner of King and Simcoe, under the Roy Thomson Hall sign. Shortly after we will walk a short distance to David Pecaut Square. Make sure you bring a blanket or a folding chair to sit on. If you arrive a little late you may call my cell,[masked] and I’ll try to direct you to where we are sitting. At 8:30 P.M., movie time, I will turn my phone off.
We'll see you at the Movies!!