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Possibly the first ever porn...if all of it survived, that is
Albert Kirchner's "Coucher de la mariée" is certainly not the first movie ever to deal with risque material. Since 1894, Edison from America was already at work filming Carmencita (who shows her ankles, how scandalous) Annabelle Moore (who shows her legs, even more scandalous) and in 1895, Princess Ali (who belly-dances, how dreadfully shocking). Of course, all of this looks very tame now and could hardly be considered pornographic today, but that's what people thought of it then!
However, it gets worse. Some movies, like the one I'm reviewing here, actually approached pornography in a different way. "Coucher de la mariée", is one of them, but now, unfortunately for some, survives only in a roughly two-minute fragmentary form. I say 'unfortunately for some', because while many people today would be offended by such a strip-tease and would be glad no more is available, for film buffs like me seeing a piece of history now mostly lost is a real shame. Apparently, this film originally ran about seven minutes total, and according to many, featured the first nude scene in history (preceding Georges Méliès's "Après le bal" by one year). In the form you see it now, it looks pretty tame. Two newlyweds make out on their wedding night (which would have been scandalous enough at the time, don't forget Edison's "The May-Irwin Kiss") before the wife gets ready to undress for bed, so she sends her husband to one side of a folding screen before removing her garments in front of the camera. Of course he can't resist and even peeks at her a little bit over the screen. Hoo boy, there's a Peeping Tom in the house.
Since a seven-minute film was ambitious for 1896, I too, like the other reviewer, wonder if this could really be the complete thing and nothing's missing. I guess they have evidence. Either way, there's no dismissing the fact that this could really be the first film to feature a nude scene, so let's hope Louise Willy can wait another few years or so to finish undressing.
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