There’s a scene from “Roman Holiday” where Gregory Peck is wheeling around early 1950s Rome with a pretty, 27-year-old Audrey Hepburn holding him tight on the back of his scooter. With those same eyes, and a 40-year career as a journalist, I’ve made nearly two years’ worth of observations about modern romance in Rome.
The sight of him tearing around Rome’s cobblestone streets is one of the signature symbols of Italian romance. What’s happening is a war of the sexes that has both sides wearing full armor – and I’m not talking about condoms.
Despite his grief at her funeral, it is not an epitaph he would have relished.Two people in love, carefree, exploring a beautiful city and each other. The women say the men can’t be trusted; the men say the women are too jealous. A 50ish friend named Pierfrancesco told me the problem is the two sexes in Italy don’t relate to each other.If “Roman Holiday” dealt with true romance in Rome, the scene would have Peck ogling another woman on the sidewalk, Hepburn performing a fair imitation of the Heimlich maneuver and Peck careening his scooter right into the Trevi Fountain. “It’s like having a Mac and a PC trying to communicate,” he said. ” After two or three dates during an abbreviated summer romance, another woman asked of our relationship, “Where are we going? “I don’t even know where we’re going for lunch.” Much of it is the Italian man’s fault.See full summary » At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. Stewart Mc Iver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ...See full summary » Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. See full summary » When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common.