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27 June 2015

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the ninety-first in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Wedding Photo.

This 3:21 real-life animation of an antique wedding photo is brought to you courtesy of "our God-given right to be silly," as we've explained it before.

It's a behind-the-scenes look at the formal portrait of a Greek wedding party, candidly revealing the personalities that posed before the camera. And it's a testament to the art of the professional wedding photographer, who has (in this case) brought out the best in each of them.

It could easily have turned out differently, as video suggests.

Don't worry about subtitles in this Greek production directed by Errikos Andreou. There are none. Keeping with the theme, it's a silent movie (with musical accompaniment), describing the action with text frames in both Greek and English. And they're so short, there's plenty of time to read them.

They introduce Moschoula "the pretty" bride and Yiasemis "the rich" groom, Mikés the "innocent doctor" and Zenovia "the unlikable," Panorea "the crying" and Trifon "the peasant," Liakos "the horny" and Fotooula "the teaser" and Charilaos "the grandfather."

All played by just two actors: Christos Nikoloau and Tonia Sotiropoulou.

At the end of this short video, the camera pans across the formal portrait (which has subsequently been torn in two) to reveal them as they would have history remember them.

Which is, after the preceding antics, just as amusing.

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