Saturday, November 14, 2009

Church Kiss

My wife and I attended a high school production of The Wedding Singer last night. The students did very well, and the costumes brought back memories of the 1980s in all their horrors.

I'd never seen the Adam Sandler - Drew Barrymore movie on which the show was based - though it was one of the early pieces in Sandler's transition from cinematic clown to serious actor in romantic comedies. He's carried it further in movies like 50 First Dates - also with Barrymore. He's following the steps of noted funny men like Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, though he's not quite seen as a potential leading man in a drama.

In any event, last night did introduce me to one scene which serves to answer a question that comes up (implicitly, not usually explicitly) at wedding rehearsals. To wit:

The play also included a brief hit of klezmer music, which moves me to include this video for no particular reason.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The kiss scene is inconcievable in Sweden. To kiss the bride in church is not part of the traditon.
Another thing which strikes us as odd, is the saying "... or for ever hold your tounge." This phrase used to be part of the Banns, never the Marriage ceremony.

Alan said...

Do you have any idea what the cantor is saying in your Klesmer clip? All I caught was "Red Stripe and Manischewitz vine". It's a very cool clip.

On a more liturgical matter, have you ever been asked about the "church kiss"?

Malcolm+ said...

No idea what the Yiddish (I think it's Yiddish) is.

I have only been asked - as in, had someone formulate a coherent oral question - once. But I have frequently had one or the other or both the bride and groom look at me awkwardly when we get to that point in the rehearsal.

Now I have a resource to which to direct them.

Paul said...

And this educational video is a very nice kiss. I'd like to be kissed like that but most people seem to have no idea how to kiss.