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Available for rent


United-States, 1991

Production : Downstream Productions

Programmed by Caroline Châtelet

Without dialogue

The Highways and Byways of Loving


“First Comes Love” consists of perfectly choreographed scenes of four wedding ceremonies accompanied by a complex medley of popular love songs. The film reveals the many subtle emotions surrounding the institution of marriage, and raises questions about how the double standard regarding marriage affects gay and straight couples.

Tënk's opinion

Four weddings filmed in black and white, without words and set to pop songs. Four weddings, from the arrival of the brides and grooms in front of the church to their departure. Four weddings, edited to form a single wedding. By looking at this ceremony as a symbolic ritual, Su Friedrich, filmmaker and key figure in American avant-gardism, illustrates its paradoxes. In other words, the singularity of this event that’s unique for its protagonists, but where conformism is more at play than ever. The celebration unfolds according to specific conventions, from the luxury car bringing the bride and groom to the bridesmaids’ dresses, from throwing rice or confetti to photos with friends and family. But is it marriage for all? No, because, as a bitterly ironic incision - an endless list of countries - replacing the priest's preaching points out, many places in the world were still refusing this union for same-sex couples in 1991. Marriage is thus revealed for what it is: a hetero-patriarchal institution.

Caroline Châtelet
Journalist and critic

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