2013/05/12

【英文】The film I've ever got into the most: Roman Holiday




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The film "Roman Holiday" (1953) is no doubt one of the most famous films and of must-watch items before you visit Rome, Italy.



Of course, I knew this film since I was a child and saw some clips from the film on TV. However, I had been reluctant to watch the film for a long time and visited Rome without watching it.



After spending for a few months in Rome and coming back to my country, I finally watched "Roman Holiday." And I think watching the film after visiting was better for me because I could recall my memories there.



The princess of  an unspecified country, Ann, escapes from her duty while visiting Rome and meets the newsperson, Joe Bradley. To get scoops, he pretends that he doesn't recognize her as a princess and shows her around Rome. They fall in love as spending time together. However, Ann decides to go back to her duty. Joe was supposed to sell the scoops about Ann, but since he loves her, he decided not to write anything what happened between them.



So many sightseeing spots appear in the film: Pantheon, the Fountain of Trevi, Vittorio Emanuele II, Vatican, Campo de' Fiori, and so on.



Every time famous monuments or places show up in the screen, I just became so excited. There were only 2 places Ann and Joe visited in the film, but I didn't visit.



The film was released 60 years ago, but today's Rome seems not so different from Rome in the past. Of course, roads are filled with a lot of cars and much more people today and people's wearings are different from the past. The interesting difference to me is that children could play in Trevi Fountain in the old time, which would never be happned today. Despite of these differences, monuments are still as same as before and the atmosphere of towns hasn't changed so much.



When Ann went back to her duty and had a press conference, she was asked which of the cities visited she enjoyed the most. Then she gives the most famous quote in the film.



"Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to...

Rome. By all means, Rome.

I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live."







When she was about to say this, I knew what she would say because I saw this scene several times before on TV. It's so touching quote, but I never had a particular feeling about this- until the day I watched the film.



When I heard Ann saying the famous quote, I couldn't stop myself from crying because I knew exactly her feelings and identified myself in her.



Rome became a very special place to me not only because I liked its beautiful scenery, but also because I felt totally free there.



I always felt pressure to try to assimilate myself in the society when I was in a home country. Do I look like the same as others? Can I think in the same way as others? Do I follow rules and customs? Can I accept to do what others order me to do?



Since I looked so much different from other people in Europe and nobody knew me, I didn't have to compare myself with others nor care about what other people would think.



My situation was as same as Ann's. She had her hair cut and started her day not as a princess, but as a stranger in Rome. Without any restriction, she got freedom to do what she wanted to try in Rome.



In Rome, I did so many things I couldn't do in my home country. As a college student, it was the first time for me that I concentrated only on study and went out a lot on weekends without any care about jobs or money. I literally went out. Not having fun somewhere inside, but going out of a room. Seeing historical monuments, walking around Rome at late night, waking up early and visiting empty places....I also talked to many people and spoke a lot more than I'd ever done in my country. I could have my best friend in Rome. These experiences were new and special to me.



Although Ann wanted to stay with Joe, she goes back to her duty. She may could have to leave her duty as she says, "Were I not completely aware of my duty to my family and my country, I would not have come back tonight," but she knew she couldn't.



Everyone has its own duty and the place to go back. Holiday is just a holiday, not daily life. The place you have to go back seems so ordinary and places you cannot stay seem like a dream. And a dream always seems more wonderful than an actual reality.



One day in Rome was just a holiday to Ann, but she keeps Roman holiday as her memory. With a memory, she starts a new life because Rome changed her. As she is not the same as her in the days before visiting Rome, her life would be different from the old one.



Experience in Rome changed my way of thinking. I came back to my home country, but I see it so differently now. The place I should have known very well seems now an unknown place. Days in Rome became definitely my turning point. I still cannot accept my reality and long for Rome, but when my "holidays" in Rome could turn into my memory, I will leave Rome behind and start moving onーto my new life.







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