Le Coucher de la Mariée
|Le Coucher de la Mariée|
Frame from Le Coucher de la Mariée
|Directed by||Léar (Albert Kirchner)|
|Produced by||Eugène Pirou|
Le Coucher de la Mariée or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma is a French erotic short film considered to be one of the first pornographic films (or "stag party films") made. The film was first screened in Paris in November 1896, within a year of the first public screening of a projected motion picture. The film was produced by Eugène Pirou and directed by Albert Kirchner under the pseudonym Léar.
The original film has been estimated to be around 7 minutes long, but after degrading to a poor condition in the French Film Archives, only two minutes of the film have survived, which include merely undressing.
- Ramsaye, Terry (1926), A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture Through 1926, Simon and Schuster Essandess paperback reprint, 1964. Location at Broadway and Thirty-Fourth: p. 117; 20-foot screen and gilded frame, p. 232
- Phil De Semlyen. "Film Studies 101: The A-Z of the birth of cinema". Empire. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Alex Duval Smith (13 November 1996). "Tremendous amount of prudishness' over porn, says journalist". London Observer Service, appearing in The Salina Journal. Retrieved 1 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com .
- Richard Abel, Encyclopedia of early cinema, Taylor & Francis, 2005, ISBN 978-0-415-23440-5, p.518
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