Erich yon Stroheim takes his time. He took three years to make "The Wedding March" and he takes some two hours to show it to you at the Met this week. He is in a position to do as he pleases, and from a glance at his past productions one understands why the producers allow him all sorts of liberties. But when the present picture has been added to the list of past pictures made by von Stroheim the general average will have fallen considerably.
The major fault of "The Wedding March" is that it drags. There is no question that some of the photography question that some of the photography is excellent, that scenes are skillfully put together, and that Fay Wray does a first class bit of acting. But somehow the thing seems to drag out interminably. As a picture by von Stroheim. "The Wedding March" is probably worth seeing, and as movies go it certainly is more than average, but none the less in view of what has been said in anticipation it is a great disappointment.
The stage show this week is the best in a long, long time. There is an excellent acrobatic act, a jazz fiddler and various other things which make up in part at least for the suffering endured at the expense of past Publix stage productions.