Le Coucher de la Mariée

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Le Coucher de la Mariée
File:Le Coucher de la Mariée.png
Frame from Le Coucher de la Mariée
Directed by Léar (Albert Kirchner)
Produced by Eugène Pirou
Starring Louise Willy
Release dates
November 1896
Running time
7 minutes
Country France
Language Silent

Le Coucher de la Mariée or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma is a French erotic short film considered[by whom?] 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.[1] 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,[2] but degraded to a poor condition in the French Film Archives until it was found in 1996, and only two minutes of the film have survived, which include merely undressing.[3]

The film was shot in a theater set and featured cabaret performer Louise Willy[4] who performs a striptease behind a screen from an unknown male actor who pretends to read a newspaper.[3]

See also


  1. 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
  2. Phil De Semlyen. "Film Studies 101: The A-Z of the birth of cinema". Empire. Retrieved 31 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 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 open access publication - free to read.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Richard Abel, Encyclopedia of early cinema, Taylor & Francis, 2005, ISBN 978-0-415-23440-5, p.518

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