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A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)

The Kiss in the Tunnel (original title)
A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.

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A train moves down the track. In a car, seated next to each other in a companionable way, is a couple who are reading, probably wife and husband. As the train enters a tunnel, the man abandons his reading, turns to the woman, and kisses her; she is somewhat reluctant. As the train leaves the tunnel, they return to their books. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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November 1899 (UK)  »

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Contains of the earliest shots of the technique called "phantom ride". This entails the camera and or cameraman positioned onto the front of the train, here, and the viewer then gets the viewpoint / experience of being at the forefront of the then moving train. See more »


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A Clever, Lively Feature
1 March 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This G.A. Smith film has a lively feel to it, and it also features some clever and imaginative technique. The subject is simple enough, but Smith demonstrates some creative ideas that would have been creditable even in a film-maker of a later generation.

The actual "Kiss in the Tunnel" is the middle part of the movie, and it is preceded by a creative shot from the front of a train as it enters a tunnel, making the audience feel as if they were the ones entering the tunnel. It works quite well, and because Bamforth and Company soon afterwards released a remake with a different opening, you can compare the two to see how well Smith's idea works. It often happens that the implied can be more effective than the overt, and this is one example.

The footage with Smith and his wife is quite lively, and Mrs. Smith seems to have taken particularly well to being on screen. This is not the only feature of Smith's that she added some energy to (another particularly good performance being in "Mary Jane's Mishap"). This one also has something of a gentle, impish suggestiveness that Alfred Hitchcock would have been happy with. All in all, this is a nicely made little feature.

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