Case Number 13815: Small Claims Court

AUDREY HEPBURN: REMEMBERED

Janson Media // 1993 // 66 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge James A. Stewart // June 12th, 2008

The Charge

"It suddenly came over me that Roman Holiday wasn't going to be about me. It was going to be about the princess." -- Gregory Peck, on sharing the bill with Audrey Hepburn

The Case

While Audrey Hepburn was a screen star for decades, the role she took on late in life was perhaps her most important, as Roger Moore says to introduce Audrey Hepburn Remembered. Serving as UNICEF's goodwill ambassador, Hepburn spoke out about conditions in Somalia.

While Hepburn was speaking for UNICEF, she made rare appearances on the talk show circuit, which gave viewers the chance to hear her talk about her life. Those appearances led, after her death, to Audrey Hepburn Remembered.

The documentary provides a decent introduction to her film career, with lots of clips from movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Robin and Marian. What it doesn't do is provide any insights into Hepburn as a person. That's a disappointment -- and a puzzle. Since Hepburn's experiences growing up in Nazi-occupied Holland and her thanks for UNICEF's help after the war played a role in her future work with the relief agency, it would seem only natural that more about her life would crop up in interviews.

Mostly, though, Hepburn is seen talking about her movies. The men interviewed -- like ex-husband Mel Ferrer, leading men Gregory Peck and George Peppard, and Roger Moore -- just seem to gush about her presence.

The result is a rather shallow documentary that won't be anything new to anyone who knows much of anything about the actress already. If you just want to look at old clips, it's fine, though.

The only extra that's interesting at all is a photo gallery of Hepburn set to music. A similar gallery on the movie's producers failed to impress me. I'll note that the "total content: 103 minutes" on the DVD cover includes trailers; stuff I'd call actual content only lasts about 80 minutes, including the producers' gallery.

The picture quality is about what you'd expect for a documentary full of old clips.

I understand that it's a reverent portrait of a beloved actress, but Audrey Hepburn Remembered seems to drain all life out of its subject. If you want to remember Audrey Hepburn, check out her movies.

Guilty of well-intentioned boredom.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 55

Perp Profile
Studio: Janson Media
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 66 Minutes
Release Year: 1993
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Audrey Hepburn Photo Gallery
* Meet the Producers

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0241208/combined