For a lot of American scooter fans, the movie Roman Holiday sets the romantic (no pun intended) tone for their entire relationship to scooters. The scene included below especially. It depicts a carefree escape, with a hint of danger, that helps bond two people together. Is there really a better description for the joy of riding a scooter? Now this iconic film is available for convenient streaming via Netflix Instant Watch.
Released in 1953, Roman Holiday was directed by William Wyler and stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Hepburn plays a princess of an unnamed European country who escapes her handlers to explore Rome on her own terms like any normal young woman would, but not until after her doctor has given her a sedative to calm her royal nerves. When she finally does fall asleep, fate intersects her with Gregory Peck’s character, who takes her in until she can recover. They then explore Rome together, and hijinks ensue.
Truth be told, it’s kind of an adorable movie. One of its most iconic moments comes when Hepburn’s princess character nicks an early Vespa and tears into traffic for the sheer joy of it. You can see that clip above, but if you’re going to watch the movie, I recommend you hold off.
So give it a watch, and then come back and let us know what you thought.