Also known as the one where my choice of films results in a rather awkward article title.
Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
There were three things that ended up drawing my attention to Roman Holiday. The first is when I learned that, in a poll conducted in Japan, they considered it the best foreign film of all time. The second is when I learned William Wyler directed it. I was curious to check out more of his films after being won over by Ben-Hur back in December. And finally, I noticed that the poster for Roman Holiday was one of many adorning a dream sequence in Paprika. That reminded me I needed to look into the film already.
And I’m glad I did; Roman Holiday is a fantastic film that captures the beauty of Rome, and the chemistry between its two leads, played by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, is perfect. It’s another one of those films that strikes a very good balance between comedy and drama, even coming across as ahead of its time in how subversive certain aspects of it manage to be. Definitely worth looking into if you’re a fan of this kind of film.
…And Justice for All (Norman Jewison, 1979)
Between this film and Serpico, it’s really interesting seeing Al Pacino in a heroic role. …And Justice for All isn’t just a classic Metallica album; it’s also the name of a good courtroom drama by Norman Jewison. It’s one of those cases where a line is arguably more famous than the film itself (and is often misquoted), so seeing the actual context behind it definitely made for a worthwhile experience.