When the opening credits announce “in its entirety an ERICH VON STROHEIM Creation,” it’s a sure sign that displays of megalomania are just around the corner. Stroheim, the film’s director, producer, co-writer, co-editor, co-costume designer and star, once again addresses the impossibility of true love in a corrupt world. As a Viennese prince determined to marry money and maintain his lavish lifestyle, he falls for a humble innkeeper’s daughter (Fay Wray) while his parents arrange a match with a club-footed heiress (Zasu Pitts). Known as “The Man You Love to Hate” for his villainous supporting roles and autocratic behavior on the set, Stroheim charmed his co-star Wray, who called The Wedding March “the film that film changed my life.” Stroheim’s original cut ran for more than 11 hours and was desecrated by studio chiefs. This new Paramount Pictures Archives restoration, overseen by film historian Kevin Brownlow, maintains Stroheim’s grand, uncompromising vision.
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