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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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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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Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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Dare a kiss
3 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A cheeky little short but also highlights film techniques that we now taken for granted.

The train enters the tunnel but we see this from our point of view shot and as we head down the tunnel we see the train going the other direction.

Once the train enters the tunnel we switch from the exterior location to the carriage scene that has been filmed in the studio.

Here we see a man and woman, presumably married. The man is smoking and as the train enters the tunnel he makes a daring move to kiss the woman.

A simplistic film and presumably seen as risqué at the time and no doubt based on a lantern slide show.


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