This slight film is mostly going to be of interest to de Palma or Robert de Niro fans, but not many others. Shot in black and white, the tale of a man who plans to get married and has second thoughts, is peppered with more radical cinematography than the plot deserves: the speeded up walking and 'zany'/'madcap' car driving.
But the idea of a threesome of men talking through jump-cuts ended up being used to much better effect in de Palma's Greetings, which also starred a young de Niro again.
Also the film's strength or weakness - depending on your mood - is that much of it clearly was shot on film stock that had no sound, so the genius is that much of the film is 'silent' ie it only has accompanying music. This adds to the scenes when dialogue does kick into the film. Unfortunately, the insignificance of the improvised conversations hardly make you want to wait for the next such discourse.
Worth watching once, but don't spend too much on the ticket!
The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party
Charlie and Josephine are to be married in a church on the island off the east coast where her family, the Fishes, live, the other wedding events to take place or centered on the well-off Fishes' extremely large house. Alistair and Cecil are Charlie's two groomsmen despite neither really believing in marriage, they, who do believe in love, doing whatever they can to make what they assume will be Charlie's miserable married life tolerable. Charlie, Alistair and Cecil arrive on the island the morning of the day before the ceremony, all of whom who will meet most of Josephine's very large network of family, extended family, friends and acquaintances attending the wedding for the first time, many of who border on the eccentric. As Charlie goes through the process of the pre-wedding events, including the stag party, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the minister's counseling services, and beyond other problems that arise such as Baker, the Fishes' trusty servant, expressing some frustration...
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