Ladies and gentlemen, we present the first known footage of the French author Marcel Proust.
Announced by Professor Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan in the latest edition of the French journal, Revue d'études proustiennes, the footage was recorded on November 14, 1904 (nine years before Proust published the first volume in his classic work, À la recherche du temps perdu/Remembrance of Things Past). And it shows Proust descending a stairway at the wedding of his close friend, Armand de Guiche. Look for him at the 37 second mark. He's dressed less formally (in grey, not black) than the aristocrats joining him at the celebration. I've added a close up picture below.
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