• Short Summary

    Members of the diplomatic community hold Buddhist wedding ceremony in Russia.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material -

    Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, USSR. Russian voiceover.

    MS Bride, daughter of Ceylonese (Sri Lanka) Ambassador in Moscow, Anoma Maheshvari and bridegroom Dudley Neville Vicjeratne, taking seats at desk in registry office. CU Bride. MS Bridegroom signing book. CU Bridegroom. MS Bride and groom shaking hands. LS Building. MS Bride and groom inside Ceylonese Embassy for wedding ceremony. CU's bride placing garland around bridegroom's neck. CU's bridegroom and bride being blessed by Pandito-Khen-po head Buddhist. CU Guests. CU Bride and bridegroom praying. Two shots of guests, pan to bride and groom. MS Guests applauding. MS Valerian Zorin, deputy foreign minister, shaking hands with bride and groom. GV Guests.

    (Dupe Neg.) Old record suggests that this material dates from around 23/11/1959.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:14:00 / 01:50:46:00
    UN 3287 A

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    This is the wedding of my father - Dudley Neville Wijeyaratne - to my mother - Anoma Maheswari Malalasekera - on 17 Sept 1959 in Moscow. As correctly stated, it took place at the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Embassy Moscow as my grandfather (Dr G.P. Malalasekera) was Ambassador to Russia at that time.

    Some time ago, my mother wrote an account of the preparations leading up to the wedding, ie how the Russian government organised to fly in Buddhist monks from Mongolia to offer blessings to the bride and groom; how the wedding platform was constructed by participants of the Bolshoi Ballet; how fresh flowers were flown to Moscow on KLM's inaugural flight, etc. It makes very interesting reading!

    The wedding was filmed as it was the first Buddhist wedding in Russia, so it created alot of publicity. This film was deemed 'lost' for many years, but it's great our family can now view it. Is it possible to obtain a copy?

    Thank you
    Ms Mayanti Wijeyaratne (daughter)
    Sydney, Australia

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