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<i>The Wedding March.</i> 1926-28. USA. Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Image courtesy The Austrian Film Museum
  • The Wedding March

    1926-28. USA. Erich von Stroheim. 113 min.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • The Wedding March

    1926-28. USA. Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Screenplay by Stroheim, Harry Carr. With Stroheim, Fay Wray, Zasu Pitts. With echoes of Stroheim’s Merry-Go-Round, The Wedding March is set in a decadent and nostalgic Habsburg Vienna during the eve and outbreak of World War I. Though exorbitant cost overruns led Paramount to make major cuts (by editor Josef von Sternberg, among others)—and only the first half of the film survives today—The Wedding March remains astonishing for its bold and dramatic use of close-ups, showing the influence of D. W. Griffith, and its bitter humor, rich symbolism, and sumptuously ornate sets. Stroheim stars as the dissolute Prince Nicki, a ladies’ man who begrudgingly marries the club-footed heiress of an industrial fortune (Zasu Pitts) while secretly carrying a torch for the lovely and innocent daughter of an innkeeper (Fay Wray). Only her brutish fiancé (Matthew Betz) and the cynicism, greed, and hypocrisy of imperial Vienna stand in the way of their love. Courtesy Photoplay Productions and Paramount Pictures. Silent with piano accompaniment. 113 min.

In the Film exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema

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