Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 305: Sat Nov 5

The Wedding March (Von Stroheim, 1928): Cinema Museum, 8pm

This 35mm screening is the highlight of the Kennington Bioscope's sixth Silent Film Festival. You can find all the details here.

Time Out review:
Like Foolish Wives, Greed and Queen Kelly, The Wedding March (originally made in two parts, of which only the first is extant) survives as a mutilated masterpiece, even this first part having been cut from 14 reels to ll. Charting the ill-starred romance between a Viennese prince (Von Stroheim in an unusually sympathetic role) and a lowly commoner (Fay Wray), the film would perhaps appear to be its cynical creator's most romantic work, were it not for the marvellously detailed portrait of the corruption of society in general, rich and poor. Nevertheless, 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 - the frustration of that love - into one of the director's most bitterly pessimistic scenes.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the inroduction to the film when shown on Channel 4 in the late 1990s.

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