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The Wedding March (1928)

The Wedding March



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Auteur director von Stroheim stars as decadent, yet likeable, Austro-Hungarian Prince Nikki who forsakes crippled bride-to-be Zasu Pitts for peasant maiden Fay Wray. With scenes in Technicolor, this artful film was intended as the first of two -- until its controversial release further widened the rift between 'Von' and Hollywood execs.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Erich von Stroheim, Harry Carr
In Theaters:
Paramount Pictures


Erich von Stroheim
as Nicki / Prince Nicko...
Fay Wray
as Mitzi / Mitzerl Schr...
George Fawcett
as Prince Ottokar von W...
Maude George
as Princess Maria - Nic...
George Nichols
as Fortunat Schweisser
Zasu Pitts
as Cecelia
George Nicholls
as Cecelia's Father
Cesare Gravina
as Martin Schrammel, Mi...
Dale Fuller
as Mitzi's Father
Hughie Mack
as Schani's Father
Sidney Bracey
as Navratil
Albert Conti
as Officer of the Imper...
Carey Harrison
as Officer of the Imper...
Anton Vaverka
as Franz Joseph I
Danny Hoy
as Mountain Idiot
Don Ryan
as Archduke Leopold Sal...
Alec C. Snowden
as Black Servant at Bro...
Lucille Van Lent
as Maid to Prince Nikki
William Von Brincken
as Officer of the Imper...
Christina Weiss Luri...
as Maid to Cecelia
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

As this extravagant, wickedly ironic 1928 melodrama shows, Erich von Stroheim was not only a supreme (if typecast) actor but one of the greatest silent-era directors.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

One of the most eccentric and fascinating vanity projects in the history of film.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Because of what they are called upon to do and not because of the performances of the players the characters are not much more human than a troupe of Robots.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It is the love scenes, played beneath shimmering apple blossoms in lyrical soft focus, that stick in the memory, ironically turning what is now the film's ending into one of the director's most bitterly pessimistic scenes.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even minor Stroheim is considerably better than most other filmmakers' major work.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wedding March

another epic from the mad genius von stroheim, who seems to like to cast himself as a dashing ladies' man. this film comes in at under 2 hours, which surprised me til i learned it was split in two parts, the second called 'the honeymoon'. sadly, the second half has been lost but what remains is the charming tale of a hapsburg prince who loves the ladies, especially a beautiful peasant played by fay wray. however the prince is a wastrel and his aristocratic parents are broke so they give him a choice: marry money or shoot himself! this is on internet archive, with some scenes in early technicolor

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Somehow this made it to #350 on the TSPDT list, despite being really hard to find nowadays. The only version I could get my hands on had Spanish intertitles. I had to make do with my limited knowledge of Spanish. Unfortunately, there were a lot of intertitles, but I think I got the gist of it, even if I missed a couple of the nuances. Like Greed, this film is much shorter than von Stroheim wanted it to be, but in this case I would have liked to see the longer version. It's a blunt melodrama dealing with loveless marriages, but it's done in a way that you don't mind the lack of depth. Some of the scenes are gorgeous, particularly the encounters between Fay Wray and von Stroheim. He uses apple blossoms to great effect, much like the Japanese often use cherry blossoms. I'm not too hot on him casting himself. His creepy appearance suited him perfectly for Foolish Wives but here it doesn't work as well... he often gazes at Wray as if he has rape on his mind. I really wanted to see more of Zasu Pitts as well, she was the most tragic figure of them all in my opinion. I suspect she would have played a much larger role in the second part. I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. I was kind of bummed about it at first (some of the early scenes go on way too long) but it grew on me quite a bit.

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