My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is The Bride’s Play (1922) Cosmopolitan Davies pictures leads up its follow up to her breakthrough role in the star-making When Knighthood Was In Flower. This lush romantic drama is presented in a review today.
Marion Davies stars as a Bride at an Irish wedding. According to custom, she asks each man if he is the one she loves best, but when the man she truly loves appears everyone is in for a big surprise.The Bride’s Play review
The Bride’s Play refers to an odd custom probably fictional where an Irish bride circulates among the men in the wedding party and asks them if any one of them is her true love. Marion Davies stars in this role as she plays an Irish lass pursued by an older man (Wyndham Standing) and a rakish poet(Carl Miller) as she simply plays a wonderful role. As with many Davies films this one has a fantasy sequence which shows Davies as a 12th Century woman named Enid who enacts the bride’s play but runs off with her true love when she asks if he is the one she loves best.
Marion Davies had beauty and personality as both emphasized in this wonderful film. Marion Davies is elaborately gowned in both the medieval and the modern wedding sequences. Many of Davies films featured her in elegant costumes due to the wishes of William Randolph Hearst, the producer of her films and her lover the producer of the film. The most interesting aspect of the film is the beautiful cinematography of the film’s setting supposedly Ireland but actually the rugged coast near Carmel, California.
The actors are framed against a background of the picturesque pines and cypress that overhang the cliffs and beaches of the coast. The cinematographer Ira H. Morgan photographed several of Davies’s films in the 1920s including Beauty’s Worth (1922) her next film that also has outstanding photography of the Carmel coast. Undercrank releasing this wonderful movie in a near pristine gorgeous print really shines as Marion Davies shines throughout. The costumes in the last quarter of the film are exquisitely wild and the final scenes featuring ‘the Bride’s play’ provide a great twist as the soundtrack is simply wonderful. This film is visual treat that will be watched again and again by me often. This is simply a marvelous classic to watch anytime.