One of the shining gems of the silver screen is 1954’s Sabrina. Fresh from winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn portrays a chauffeur’s daughter, Sabrina Fairchild, who is hopelessly in love with a high-society playboy. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart rounded out the marquee in this charming romantic comedy with a smart, witty script.
Sabrina will probably always reside in my short list of favorite films. It’s a classic Cinderella story with a twist. Sabrina is a plain, unnoticeable girl who longs to be admired and invited to dance. She dreams about experiencing the life she only views from her perch in a tree. What we learn in this tale, however, is that Prince Charming isn’t necessarily the road to happily-ever-after. Often, love is a journey which reveals our true heart along the way. Love might not be what ignites our passion in a worldly sense, but rather what quietly and surprisingly meets our needs and complements our personality in a subtle, comfortable blending of two lives. Sometimes love is found where we’d least expect it, if we would only take off our rose-colored glasses a moment to see that it’s really right in front of our eyes.
The new Centennial Collection DVD includes many great featurettes. Audrey Hepburn fans will enjoy the look at Audrey as a fashion icon, as this was the first time she paired with Givenchy to create her signature style. Also interesting was the look at William Holden’s career as well as the many supporting character actors who rounded out the cast and made their way into many other films of the day. Other features include: Sabrina’s World, Sabrina Documentary, Behind the Gates: Camera, and Paramount in the ’50s.