This week marks the launch of Paramount+, yet another streaming service in an era that’s already jam-packed with them. But that’s not entirely fair: Paramount+ is just CBS All Access with a new coat of paint, and that service has been around for some time now.
To celebrate (well, at least acknowledge) the existence of a “new” streaming platform, we’ve scoured the service’s library and put together a list of 10 things to watch. You probably already know that you can mainline episodes of Star Trek, the Godfather trilogy, and films like Chinatown and Clue there, but here, in alphabetical order, are some film and television titles that are available but have not been quite as highly publicized. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Roman Holiday
Where You Can Stream It: Crackle, Tubi
The Pitch: The 1953 romantic-comedy, directed by William Wyler, stars Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning role as a princess touring Europe, who finally has had enough of her suffocating lifestyle and runs away in the middle of the night while in Rome. She’s discovered, passed out in the streets, by a frustrated American journalist (Gregory Peck) who sees the opportunity for the biggest scoop of his career when he realizes who she is. But after they spend the day roaming around the Italian city, the blossoming romance between them throws a wrench in his scheme.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s Audrey Hepburn, in her star-making role, frolicking around Rome with Gregory Peck, AKA Atticus Finch! What more could you ask for? And with all of us stuck inside and unlikely to take that trip to Italy that we’ve all been longing to make, this Roman Holiday is the next best option. But my favorite part of Roman Holiday is that though it’s billed as a frothy romantic comedy set to the sunny backdrop of a gorgeous European city, there’s an undercurrent of melancholy that cuts right through it.
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