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The Wedding Party

Story dwells on a young man who, accompanied by two friends, arrives at the island estate of his soon-to-be-bride.

Story dwells on a young man who, accompanied by two friends, arrives at the island estate of his soon-to-be-bride.

The individual scenes come off as a kind of practiced improvisation. Apparently a script was employed but the dialogue itself was produced by taping ad-libbed scenes.

The film suffers from this technique. Each scene is only loosely connected with what went before and what comes after. And tightness and direction of the dialogue is sacrificed for a certain spontaneity that is seldom forthcoming.

The cast includes professional actors combined with Sarah Lawrence College workshop students.

Film was actually completed [in 1963]. De Palma worked in collaboration with then fellow student Cynthia Munroe and faculty member Wilford Leach when all three were at Sarah Lawrence College.

The Wedding Party

  • Production: Ondine. Director Cynthia Munroe, Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach; Producer Cynthia Munroe, Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach; Screenplay Cynthia Munroe, Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach; Camera Peter Powell; Editor Cynthia Munroe, Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach; Music John Herbert McDowell
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: Jill Clayburgh Charles Pflugar Valda Setterfield Ray McNally Robert De Niro Judy Thomas
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