This Saturday, June 25th, at 2:00 p.m., Dublin Library will present the first in its series of Novel Destinations Summer Films, “Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, in the Library Program Room.  

The film begins as Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) embarks on a highly publicized tour of European capitals.  When she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome, she begins to rebel against her regimented schedule.  One night Anne sneaks out of her room, hops into the back of a delivery truck and escapes her confinement. However, a sedative she was forced to take earlier takes effect, and she is soon asleep on a public bench.  She is found by Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American newspaper reporter.  He takes her back to his apartment.  The next morning Joe dashes off to cover the Princess Anne press conference, unaware that she is sleeping on his couch!  Once he realizes who his guest is, Joe promises his editor an exclusive interview with the princess.  And that’s just the start! 

This charming comedy is famous as the film that made the whole world fall in love with Audrey Hepburn and half the world want to run out and buy a Vespa scooter.

This 1953 film directed by William Wyler won 3 Oscars:  Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Costume Design in a Black-and-White Film (Edith Head), and Best Writing for a Motion Picture Story (Dalton Trumbo).  Due to blacklisting, the screen credit and award were originally credited to Ian McLellan Hunter, who fronted for Dalton Trumbo.  In December 1992 the Academy decided to change the records and to credit Mr. Trumbo with the achievement.   Ian McLellan Hunter was removed from the Motion Picture Story category and the Oscar was posthumously presented to Trumbo’s widow on May 10th, 1993.

We hope to see you this Saturday for “Roman Holiday”!  This movie, and all others in the Novel Destinations Summer Film Series, begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Dublin Library Program Room.