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Mendelssohn's Wedding March (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Short, Music  |  4 November 1939 (USA)
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Fanciful account of how Mendelssohn came to write "The Wedding March".

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Hilda (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ...
The Baron (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ...
Priest (as Fred Warren) (uncredited)
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A prologue suggests thw incident depicted is said to have occurred near Leipzig over 100 years earlier. The Baron and Herr Mendelssohn overheard a peasant playing his violin concerto while the fiancée, Hilda, was dancing around. Invited to play at the Baron's house, the peasant was offered a chance to study at the Conservatory in Leipzig, but he refuses. Hilda explained he refused because they were to be married, so the Baron tells her she will go with him and Herr Mendelssohn will write their wedding march. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Title Card: Felix Mendelssohn, one of the world's foremost composers, was born of Jewish parents, in Germany, February 3, 1809. His material worries were minimized by family wealth, and consequently he devoted much of his time to helping musicians less fortunate than himself - as illustrated in the following incident, said to have taken place near Leipzig, over a hundred years ago.
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Scherzo
(1826) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.21"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music
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Not great, but watchable
2 October 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film was written, directed and produced by James Patrick and is a supposedly true story about the generosity of Felix Mendelssohn as well as the inspiration for his famous "wedding march". While I am certainly NOT an expert on the man, the entire piece strongly sounded like a complete work of fiction. Despite this, the film is reasonably entertaining and worth a peek, as it's a relatively early piece of Technicolor film AND the film is rather pretty to look at, as the color saturation is good and the people looked rather real.

Oddly, just before I saw this film, I saw Hollywood PARTY (1937)--another early MGM Technicolor short. However, unlike MENDELSSOHN'S WEDDING MARCH, the color was just grotesque--with over-saturated film and colors so vivid it made my eyes bleed. Thankfully, the process was perfected in the two years between the films.


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