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Movies on the Radio: Vacation Films

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday'
Classic Film
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Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday,' a classic vacation movie.

Vacation movies may show off some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, but the most compelling films are the ones that show characters another side of themselves. Take a protagonist out of her usual environment and anything can happen.

Connections are forged and lost, romances kindled and extinguished and relationships tested and broken. Then again, some vacation movies take themselves much less seriously. They offer a comedic or nostalgic take on a family beach trip or camping excursion and remind viewers of the simple pleasures and quirks of time spent away.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University, about listener’s picks for the best vacation movies.

Here are some of our listener's favorite vacation movies:

Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

Roman Holiday, 1953

A Room with a View, 1986

Le Rayon Vert, 1986

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, 1962

Before Sunrise, 1995


Note: This program originally aired on August 9, 2017.

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.