The Wedding Party [DVD]
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The Wedding Party is a 1969 American film farce created as a joint effort by Sarah Lawrence theatre professor Wilford Leach and two of his students, protg Brian De Palma and Cynthia Monroe, who bankrolled the project. Leach went on to a successful career as a Tony Award-winning theatre director, while De Palma continued as an auteur of films frequently emulating the themes and techniques of Alfred Hitchcock. The film focuses on a soon-to-be groom and his interactions with various relatives of his fiance and members of the wedding party prior to the ceremony on the family's estate on Shelter Island. The film was made in 1963 but not released until six years later, after one of its supporting players, Robert De Niro, had begun to draw notice for his work in off-Broadway theatre and De Palma's 1968 release Greetings. Also in the cast were Jennifer Salt and William Finley, both of whom were De Palma regulars, and fellow Sarah Lawrence student Jill Clayburgh as the bride-to-be.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : May 22, 2006
- Studio : Prism
- ASIN : B000FS997C
- Number of discs : 1
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I happen to like early films by certain directors. As it happens, this is one of them.
The film works for me. It shows a very traditional wedding -- the cast list shows about 50 people for the bride's family and exactly one for the groom's, so it is clear whose day this is -- and the story is hilarious. Well, it was to me, anyway.
Robert "DeNero" is unrecognizable. William Finley is young. What more do you want -- for an early film by (among two others) Brian de Palma?
Additional material: This DVD appears to be a licensed version of the TROMA DVD; it has all the TROMA special features. And it looks very good for its age. Also, I gave it a fifth star because I liked it even better the second time!