WEDDING MARCH, THE (1928)
Following the success of 1925's THE MERRY WIDOW, filmmaker Erich von Stroheim went wildly over budget on his ambitious follow-up, THE WEDDING MARCH (1928), with Paramount ultimately taking the project away from him and handing editing duties to director Josef von Sternberg. But the surviving film nonetheless bears von Stroheim's distinctive stamp, featuring elaborate sets that recreate pre-WWI Vienna, from palatial courts and cathedrals to butcher shops and bawdy houses, and, most distinctively, von Stroheim's sardonic wit and taste for sadomasochistic situations. Von Stroheim gives a charismatic lead performance as Prince Nicki, alongside co-stars ZaSu Pitts as his betrothed, Cecelia, and a 19-year-old Fay Wray as his true love, Mitzi. Wray claimed THE WEDDING MARCH was her personal favorite among her 100+ screen credits. DIR/SCR/PROD Erich von Stroheim; SCR Harry Carr; PROD Pat Powers. U.S., 1928, b&w, 113 min. NOT RATED
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