FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber, 323.461.2020 ext. 115

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE CELEBRATES THE SILENT FILM SOCIETY'S 15TH ANIVERSARY WITH A TWO-NIGHT SCREENING OF A RESTORED 35 MM PRINT OF ERICH VON STROHEIM’S

"THE WEDDING MARCH"

Featuring a newly commissioned, pre-recorded orchestral soundtrack,

composed and conducted by Carl Davis.

 

Presented in conjunction with The Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc.

Produced by Photoplay Productions for Channel 4 Silents.

 

April 6 & 7, 2001

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque, in conjunction with The Silent Film Society of Hollywood Heritage, celebrates the Society’s 15th Anniversary with a special two-night presentation of a newly restored 35 mm print of the silent film classic, THE WEDDING MARCH (1928, Paramount, 113 min), featuring a newly commissioned, pre-recorded soundtrack composed and conducted by Carl Davis. Erich von Stroheim is renowned as one of the greatest directors of the silent era – and as the aggrieved auteur whose masterworks were surreptitiously removed from his control by studio heads. Nearly all of his silent pictures were severely cut without his consent. THE WEDDING MARCH was no exception – von Stroheim’s attempt to have his epic released in two parts was dismissed, along with his editorial responsibilities. Although Part Two was released in Europe as THE HONEYMOON (and was tragically lost in a fire at the Cinematheque Francaise, days after von Stroheim’s death in 1957), THE WEDDING MARCH was released as a stand alone feature in the US. A lavish, bawdy, "fragile play of love", THE WEDDING MARCH features von Stroheim and Fay Wray, in what was for her, a career-changing role. "A roguish Viennese prince (played to perfection by von Stroheim) agrees to marry for money and position to help his family, then falls in love with a poor but beautiful girl. A masterpiece, blending romance and irony" (Leonard Maltin). A recent, short interview documentary with Fay Wray to precede the feature. Joseph von Stroheim (son of director Eric von Stroheim will attend the screening but is not scheduled to speak. General admission is $8. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood. This print, newly restored by film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, follows the instructions for editing that von Stroheim prepared for a 1954 version screened in Paris. It combines the best surviving original material from The Library of Congress with footage from prints from the Cinematheque Francaise, including a newly copied Technicolor sequence.

 

Screening Schedule:

Friday, April 6 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 7 at 5:00 PM

 

The mission of the Silent Film Society is to preserve the unique art of silent film. For further information about this print and the Society, contact Randy Haberkamp at randyhaber@aol.com

 

 

PHOTOS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BORROW UPON REQUEST OR REQUEST DIGITAL FILES FROM RANDY HABERKAMP or amcin@msn.com

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.R FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER 323.461.2020, ext. 115. AN OLD VERSION OF "THE WEDDING MARCH" IS MOST LIKELY AVAILABLE AT THE VIDEO STORES LISTED BELOW. THANK YOU.

Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone.

Videoactive (2522 Hyperion, Silver Lake)

Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)

Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)

Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. -310.312.8836)

Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508)

Advance publicity greatly is appreciated.

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

New Ticket Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA 90028

(tel) 323.466-FILM | (fax) 323.461.9737 On the web: http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

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