By Jim Reed/SMN
On Aug. 24, Tybee Island’s historic Post Theater hosts a one-night-only engagement of beloved Tinseltown Director William Wyler’s B&W 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” which earned the great Audrey Hepburn (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “My Fair Lady”) an Oscar for Best Actress, as well as the one-and-only Edith Head an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Shot on location in Rome, it finds Hepburn playing a crown princess who longs to break free from the rigors of royal life, and does so — briefly — by posing as an anonymous tourist and dallying with Gregory Peck’s American reporter character (who’s on assignment and meant to cover the very same princess).
It’s a hoot and a half, and doubles as a lovely, moving picture postcard of early ’50s Italy. It’s also the movie that began America’s infatuation with Italy’s hippest method of personal transportation, Vespa scooters. Showtime 7 p.m., and admission includes a free glass of wine (if you’re old enough) and a package of tissues in case you’ve been chopping onions.