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The Wedding Night(1935)

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  • the wedding night

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/9/14

    Interesting early King Vidor film that has a pre code feel to it, even though it was made two years after the censors got their grubby hands on Hollywood. What is especially intriguing about the film is its contrast in tone; light and airy for the first half, increasingly dark and depressing in the second half. Usually, when you have such a stark split in moods, the movie doesn't work, but with Vidor at the helm I feel it does, so that the ending, which in the hands of a less skillful director would seem maudlin, here strikes me as genuinely tragic. Performances from the three leads are very good. First time I've seen Anna Stein and I was fairly blown away. It's not every actress who can do both pure and sexy, but she pulls it off. Helen Vinson is a fine comic actress. Kinda reminds me of Marion Davies. However, I feel she's less effective in the second half, when she has to be serious in trying to win back her husband. I even like Gary Cooper. For once, he's not the strong, silent bore, but a rather chatty novelist. Too bad he didn't try more of these kinds of roles. Speaking of chatty, I feel the one, big flaw in the film is the screenplay, especially the scenes between Stein and Cooper falling in love, which are supposed to be charming and life affirming, but come across too often as overly cute. And the excerpt that Stein reads from Cooper's novel, that is supposed to show her what a sensitive soul he is, strikes me as truly banal. Let's give it a B plus. P.S. The scene between Stein and Ralph Bellamy, from which the film derives its title, is the best in the movie. You can feel Stein's terror at perceiving what a cruel oaf she's being forced to spend her life with. Forget Sunrise at Campobello. This is the best Bellamy's ever been.

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    • Grace
    • 12/20/11

    I enjoyed this movie IMMENSELY. I've watched it MANY times. Anna Sten, played her character beautifully. I knew what her heart was feeling many times throughout this movie because of her expressions... and eyes. I LOVE Gary Cooper but I just wasn't feeling 'it' this time. A bit unrealistic but Anna does make it seem realistic. I would defiantly advise anyone how hasn't seen the movie to give it a chance. Its not for everyone. But I LOVE it. :)

  • The wedding night

    • Tom
    • 8/15/11

    * Very disappointing Gary Cooper movie. The story didn't work.

  • Highly implausible...

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 2/18/11

    ...but secretly fun. Helen Vinson is great as the wife and nearly outshines Anna Sten.

  • Anna Sten very beautiful

    • m
    • 9/2/08

    Very interesting story with an unusually unhappy ending, though still very Hollywood. It is too bad that Anna Sten was molded and over marketed as a potential Garbo type. She was talented enough and very beautiful, she could have had a nice career in supporting roles. (The beautiful countess type of supporting roles.)

  • Another one for Gary Cooper!! "The Wedding Night"

    • Karen
    • 5/7/07

    THE WEDDING NIGHTI loved this movie! Of course I'm biased when it comes to Gary Cooper - but it was a great romance to watch - involving the viewer - with out subjecting the viewer(s) to "smut".Anna Sten made her character "Manya" quite believable, the innocence, her sweet desire for "Tony", the imposed cultural obedience to her dictatorial father.Helen Vinson, Tony's wife "Dora", was a much weaker part that didn't come across too realistically. It was rather annoying that she walked out on him after saying she would always be there for him.But I'd love to watch it again... and again. Despite the sad ending it was filled with an embracing sweetness that reminds us of a love worth finding and fighting for.

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