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The Wedding in Monaco (1956)

A tribute to the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco, with lots of music, ballet, and fireworks.

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The Principality of Monaco, probably the smallest sovereign state in all the world, is home to 4,000 Monegasques and 16,000 other foreign nationals. With her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly will not only become the Princess of Monaco, but will also acquire a multitude of other royal titles matching those of her husband. The wedding itself is only one part of the event's festivities, which is to be a celebration of arts, culture and nationalism in honor of the royal couple. The planning and execution must be perfect in the eyes of the Monegasques. The flowers adorning the celebration will include a newly bred carnation called the Princess Grace. The day before the wedding, the bride arrives in Monaco aboard the SS Constitution, which is met by the Prince aboard his yacht. In port, they are met by a throng of well wishing onlookers. A smaller civil ceremony, which follows strict protocols of the royal house and which is held at the Royal Palace, is completed on April ... Written by Huggo

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Wretched Excess
2 August 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The title refers to, of course, the April 1956 wedding of US actress Grace Kelly and "Prince" Rainier Grimaldi of Monaco. MGM secured the rights to this mini-documentary; considering the worldwide interest in the marriage, this must have been a coup for the studio. The actual film is banal, blathering fandom. We learn Monaco (then) had 4,000 citizens (called "subjects"). By comparison, social media's "facebook" allows each user to add 5,000 friends. The tiny area is a "Principality" (of France). Everyone toils hard to make their Prince's wedding perfect. Not much attention is given to the real purpose for the Principality of Monaco. It's a place for wealthy European (and others) to sunbathe and deposit money into the local casinos...

The wealth of Monaco's royal family is obvious, and Ms. Kelly's presence as incoming "Princess" certainly pleased the profiteers. In the ensuing years, she was more of a draw there than at movie theaters. Kelly arrives for her wedding on a yacht, appropriately. The young movie star wears a white hat that looks very much like a flying saucer landed on her head. One can only picture Audrey Hepburn or Greta Garbo putting such a thing on their head, with any grace. Fortunately, Kelly's chapeau is short-lived. She looks her best when touring the palace, looking at "royal" portraits. The cameras are politely distant from the remote couple. Mainly, we learn that it's good to be rich because you can have very nice things...

But we knew that.

* The Wedding in Monaco (1956-04) Jean Masson ~ Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier


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