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.


Erich von Stroheim
as Nicki / Prince Nickolas von Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg, Prince Nikki/Von Wildiebe-Rauffenburg
Fay Wray
as Mitzi / Mitzerl Schrammell
George Fawcett
as Prince Ottokar von Wildeliebe Rauffenburg
Maude George
as Princess Maria - Nicki's mother
George Nichols
as Fortunat Schweisser
Zasu Pitts
as Cecelia
George Nicholls
as Cecelia's Father
Dale Fuller
as Mitzi's Father
Cesare Gravina
as Martin Schrammel, Mitzi's Father
Hughie Mack
as Schani's Father
Sidney Bracey
as Navratil
Albert Conti
as Officer of the Imperial Guard
Carey Harrison
as Officer of the Imperial Guard
Anton Vaverka
as Franz Joseph I
Danny Hoy
as Mountain Idiot
Don Ryan
as Archduke Leopold Salvator
Alec C. Snowden
as Black Servant at Brothel
Lucille Van Lent
as Maid to Prince Nikki
William Von Brincken
as Officer of the Imperial Guard
Christina Weiss Lurie
as Maid to Cecelia
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding March

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

  • 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.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the most eccentric and fascinating vanity projects in the history of film.

    Mar 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Even minor Stroheim is considerably better than most other filmmakers' major work.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The current school of critical thought is that 'The Wedding March' is a minor Stroheim effort, but I find it to be one of his most complete and most satisfying films.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wedding March

  • Nov 10, 2011
    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 D Super Reviewer

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