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. 
  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. 
  4. Richard Abel, Encyclopedia of early cinema, Taylor & Francis, 2005, ISBN 978-0-415-23440-5, p.518

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