April 14 – 6:30pm
EARLY FILMS OF DE PALMA & DE NIRO: THE WEDDING PARTY (1969)
New Restoration from the American Genre Film Archive!
Part of a De Palma & De Niro Double-Bill!
April 14, 2019
6:30pm – The Wedding Party
8:30pm – Greetings
In 1964, a young “Robert Denero” (sic) stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The film was The Wedding Party – the first of 3 movies De Niro would make with Brian De Palma, kicking off both of their careers.
A low-budget B&W comedy, the film’s style is a bit all over the place, from Keystone Cops sped-up comedy, to awkward comedy of manners, to something closer to cinéma vérité. The story follows three young men over the course of a weekend where one of them (Charles Pfluger) is supposed to get married, but has second thoughts after spending a few days with his bride’s family.
Also starring notable De Palma faves William Findlay (The Phantom of the Paradise) and Jennifer Salt (Sisters), plus future Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman), the film wouldn’t be released until 1969 in the wake of the smash indie success of the biting counter-culture breakthrough that was the 2nd De Palma / De Niro team-up, Greetings (1968) – screening at 8:30pm on April 14th as the second half of this double-bill!
The Wedding Party was credited mutually to three filmmakers: De Palma’s teacher Wilford Leach, in charge of the actors, the mysterious Cynthia Munroe who wrote the script and put up the money (and apparently, died before it’s completion!), and De Palma, who handled the camera, editing, and pretty much everything else.
A unusual debut, predating the counter-culture, let alone De Palma’s Hitchcock infatuation, it’s a fascinating intro to numerous amazing careers and well worth a watch in this newly restored version from AGFA.
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