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Roman Holiday (1953)

The role that catapulted Audrey Hepburn to Hollywood stardom.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the romantic comedy Roman Holiday (1953), directed by William Wyler.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Country
The Children’s Hour
Ben Hur
The Little Foxes
Mrs. Miniver
Five Came Back
Funny Girl
Liberation of L.B. Jones
A Star Is Born
The Lavender Hill Mob
Hollywood on the Tiber
Quo Vadis
Keystone Kops
The Pink Panther
Mission Impossible
The Awful Truth
An American in Paris
Singin’ in the Rain
Cairo Station (1958)

On the next episode: Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria …Why? (1979)

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.