The Wedding March (1928)

115 mins | Melodrama | 6 October 1928

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HISTORY

According to contemporary sources, director Eric von Stroheim had in mind a two-part work, the first half of which was The Wedding March. This film was completed as planned, but during the filming of Part Two, the producer, Pat Powers, alarmed by the rising expenditures incurred by the production, ceased filming. The material was edited together and given a very limited European release under the title The Honeymoon.
       Among the director's notable extravagances were the building of a reproduction of Vienna, Austria's St. Stephen's Cathedral and an apple orchard in which thousands of blossoms were attached by hand. He later told Hollywood Filmograph magazine that The Wedding March was his most personal film.
       A Paramount Pictures print of this film was screened at the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival on 4 May 2019. ...

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According to contemporary sources, director Eric von Stroheim had in mind a two-part work, the first half of which was The Wedding March. This film was completed as planned, but during the filming of Part Two, the producer, Pat Powers, alarmed by the rising expenditures incurred by the production, ceased filming. The material was edited together and given a very limited European release under the title The Honeymoon.
       Among the director's notable extravagances were the building of a reproduction of Vienna, Austria's St. Stephen's Cathedral and an apple orchard in which thousands of blossoms were attached by hand. He later told Hollywood Filmograph magazine that The Wedding March was his most personal film.
       A Paramount Pictures print of this film was screened at the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival on 4 May 2019.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
14 Oct 1928
p. 4
New York Times
15 Oct 1928
p. 26
The Film Mercury
26 Oct 1928
p. 6
The Film Spectator
17 Mar 1929
pp. 16-17
Variety
17 Oct 1928
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Orig mus synchronization
SOURCES
SONGS
"Paradise," words and music by Harry D. Kerr and J. S. Zamecnik.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The honeymoon
Release Date:
6 October 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
8 October 1928
LP25696
Physical Properties:
Silent
10,659 ft.
Silent with sound sequences
Music score & sound effects by Movietone
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
115
Length(in feet):
10,721
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The setting is Vienna in 1914 before the outbreak of war. The aristocratic and somewhat jaded Prince Nicki, pursued by all the ladies, begins a flirtation with Mitzi, a crippled harpist who works in a suburban wine-garden, and who is in turn idolized by Schani, an uncouth and violently jealous butcher. Their first encounter significantly takes place in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral on Corpus Christi day, with Nicki among the emperor's cavalry regiment. Later, in the refracted light of falling apple blossoms in the wine-garden--scenes of a distilled, ethereal beauty--Nicki gradually wins her faith and love. Meanwhile, amidst the sumptuous and corrupt milieu of the family palace, Nicki is drawn into complicity against his will, as his unscrupulous mother informs him he must marry Cecelia, the daughter of a wealthy commoner, in order to revive the family fortune. Mitzi has a vision of The Iron Man (a symbol of the declining power and position of the Hapsburg dynasty) and falls before the crucifix in fear; but her love remains steadfast, and she protests her faith though abused by her mother and Schani. Infuriated by her rejection, Schani threatens to kill Nicki on his wedding day unless Mitzi agrees to marry him. Following the processional splendor of the cathedral wedding, Schani appears to carry out his threat, but Mitzi arrives in time to stop him; and through the downpouring rain Nicki sadly gazes on his true love in the crowd as he drives away with his ...

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The setting is Vienna in 1914 before the outbreak of war. The aristocratic and somewhat jaded Prince Nicki, pursued by all the ladies, begins a flirtation with Mitzi, a crippled harpist who works in a suburban wine-garden, and who is in turn idolized by Schani, an uncouth and violently jealous butcher. Their first encounter significantly takes place in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral on Corpus Christi day, with Nicki among the emperor's cavalry regiment. Later, in the refracted light of falling apple blossoms in the wine-garden--scenes of a distilled, ethereal beauty--Nicki gradually wins her faith and love. Meanwhile, amidst the sumptuous and corrupt milieu of the family palace, Nicki is drawn into complicity against his will, as his unscrupulous mother informs him he must marry Cecelia, the daughter of a wealthy commoner, in order to revive the family fortune. Mitzi has a vision of The Iron Man (a symbol of the declining power and position of the Hapsburg dynasty) and falls before the crucifix in fear; but her love remains steadfast, and she protests her faith though abused by her mother and Schani. Infuriated by her rejection, Schani threatens to kill Nicki on his wedding day unless Mitzi agrees to marry him. Following the processional splendor of the cathedral wedding, Schani appears to carry out his threat, but Mitzi arrives in time to stop him; and through the downpouring rain Nicki sadly gazes on his true love in the crowd as he drives away with his bride.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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