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Wedding videos as self-dramatization


I’ve had a request or two for the link to the presentation on wedding videos. Here is the link:

Wedding videos as self-dramatization

Since the conference in Steamboat Springs, I’ve continued to explore wedding videos, new and old — really old. Here is a link to a Scottish wedding film from 1905.

Wedding of the 4th Marquis of Bute in 1905

According to source material connected to this film, it was done on 35mm nitrate stock that was greatly deteriorated when the film was found in the attic of the Marquis’ ancestral home, Mount Stuart. Only someone with the money to

A story in the Daily Express from July 13, a week after the wedding, stated that the Marquis and Marchioness entertained friends at a party at Mount Stuart with “a cinematograph show — the pictures given being a representation of their own wedding and the attendant festivities at Castle Bellingham.”

This is the oldest wedding film I’ve found on the Internet. It is billed as “Scotland’s first wedding film,” but it very well could be the oldest wedding film in existence. If anybody knows of an older one, let me know.

Michael J. O'Donnell

Michael O'Donnell is associate professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

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