The Wedding March
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The Wedding March
Having alienated virtually all the major Hollywood studios, filmmaker Erich Von Stroheim turned to independent entrepreneur Pat Powers for funding for his 1927 epic The Wedding March. Set during the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg regime, the film stars director Von Stroheim as wastrelly Prince Nikki, who is advised by his parents to marry into money if he hopes to keep up his sumptuous lifestyle. During the Corpus Christi festival (much of which is lensed in early Technicolor), Nikki spots the beautiful peasant girl Mitzi (Fay Wray) in the crowd. The two fall in love, but happiness eludes them:… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Some beautiful cinematography distracts from the dramatic inadequacies, but it's not the best product of its time."
‑ , Film4
"One of the most eccentric and fascinating vanity projects in the history of film."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Even minor Stroheim is considerably better than most other filmmakers' major work."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"An astonishing portrait of decadent Imperial Austria that's one of the greatest of all silent films, even in its butchered extant version."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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