A Canadian Professor has discovered a short clip from a wedding that he claims is the only existing moving footage of French author Marcel Proust. Sadly the black and white footage isn’t literary, and doesn’t contain any sound. It’s the 1904 wedding cortege from the marriage of Elaine Greffulhe, daughter of Countess Gruffulhe, Proust’s close friend.
The footage shows just a brief glimpse of the man, wearing a neat moustache, bowler hat and formal suit as he descends a flight of stairs alone in what is a sea of couples.
Luc Fraisse, director of the Revue of Proustian Studies told Le Point magazine that he is in no doubt that the footage is Proust, due to what academics know about the author’s early years. But while the professor is quite definite about the identification, other academics do remain cautious and while calling this a valuable document are quick to point out there is no absolute proof as to whether the author is featured.
— julien cadot (@juliencdt) February 15, 2017
Marcel Proust is considered one of the greatest authors of all time, and died aged 51 in 1922. His most famous work is In Search of Lost Time, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.