New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Roman Holiday

          ROMAN HOLIDAY          

(followed by film commentary)

October 19, 2001 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m.(Note Time Change)
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(USA, 1953, 118 minutes, b&w, 16mm)
Directed by William Wyler
Starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

In her first starring role, Audrey Hepburn plays Princess Anne, an unhappy prisoner of the routines of royalty. During a visit to Rome, she escapes her entourage and heads off in search of fun. She soon encounters an American reporter (Peck) who agrees to show her the sights. Is he exploiting her for a story? Or will he fall madly in love?

Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay for this light-hearted William Wyler comedy. In 1992 Trumbo received belated, posthumous credit for the script which had won an Oscar for his "front" Ian McLellan Hunter. Trumbo is often regarded as the most talented member of the "Hollywood Ten," a group of writers, actors and filmmakers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about the alleged Communist activities of their colleagues.

Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood Rebel by Peter HansonPeter Hanson

Metroland arts editor Peter Hanson will speak immediately following the screening. Hanson is the author of the new biography, Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood Rebel: A Critical Survey and Filmography (2001, McFarland, ISBN 0-7864-0872-3).

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