Roman Holiday

SAM beings its six-title salute to the movie legend (1929-1993) who lit up so many screens and hearts. First up is the 1953 romance Roman Holiday, for which she earned an Oscar playing a princess who dumps her station to cavort with a reporter (Gregory Peck). The two of them tooling around on his scooter through Italian streets has become an icon of love, and of Rome, although William Wyler’s movie doesn’t stand among her best work or his. It’s more a charmer than a classic, and the source story by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo seems to look back to a prewar time of innocence. Peck hardly makes for a bohemian journalist, though Eddie Albert scores some laughs as a proto-beatnik. Mainly it’s a chance to enjoy Hepburn’s radiance—in effect, she’s a princess playing a princess. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

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