Compromised though it may be, the film’s greatness was eventually recognised by its inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. With Zasu Pitts. Digital Restoration courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
The Wedding March
Showing trademark perfectionism and disdain for budgets and deadlines, Stroheim created a film—a love triangle featuring a pauper prince (Stroheim), a beautiful innkeeper’s daughter (Fay Wray in one of her first lead roles) and a brutish butcher—that was forcibly split into two parts (Josef von Sternberg was assigned to re-edit the picture; the second part, The Honeymoon, is now considered lost).