Documentary 2min

Une Noce à l’église (1897)

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Facts
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Entrée d’une noce à l’église
(Original) Sortie d’une noce de l’église
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Distribution
Categories
Actuality Film Black and White Ceremony Church Costumes Documentary Marriage People Sacrament Short Silent Film St. Lambert Tradition Wedding
Description

In 1897 Lumière produced two wedding films of the same wedding, the first "Entrée d’une noce à l’église" was the people entering the church, and the second "Sortie d’une noce de l’église" was people exiting the church, both including the bride, and the second one the groom. Here they are put together in one title "Une Noce à l’église" translated as "A Wedding at the Church". The church in question is the "Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard" church in Paris. The wedding is between Henri Chauvin and Gabrielle Moisson. Charles Moisson, the brother of the bride, was an employee of Lumière.

2 parts of this wedding film
Entrance of a wedding to the church (Entrée d’une noce à l’église)
Nr 557 in the Lumiere Catalog. Various people in the procession climb the steps of the church and enter the church.
Exit from a church wedding (Sortie d’une noce de l’église)
Nr 558 in the Lumiere Catalog. The wedding party leaves the church and gets into cars.
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Cast
Charles Moisson - Self, Brother of Bride
Gabrielle Moisson - Self, Bride
Henri Chauvin - Self, Groom
Crew
Louis Lumière - Producer
Auguste Lumiere - Producer
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First wedding on film?

This may be the first wedding with bride and groom ever documented on film of a real couple. I find that fascinating, as well as we can see people in their best attire entering and exiting the church. Now, it's not much more to it, but it is much better than the usual of this kind of early films where the camera stands still and people walking by. Also, there is some message to it, as entering the bride walks in with her brother, and exiting with her husband.