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The Kiss (1896)

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Credited cast:
May Irwin ...
John C. Rice ...


A couple make love, in the 19th century sense. Then he grooms his moustache, and gives her a kiss. On the lips! Written by David Steele

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Short | Romance




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The John C. Rice-May Irwin Kiss  »

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Edison's most popular release of 1896; a reenactment of the final scene of the stage musical The Widow Jones. See more »


Featured in Side by Side (2012) See more »

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A snippet from a famous Broadway play
30 January 2005 | by (Brady, TX USA) – See all my reviews

There is not much to this film. It was made for Kinetoscope parlors with peep-show machines, and was probably rarely shown on a big screen (at least in the 1890s). It features May Irwin and John Rice in a short scene from their Broadway stage success THE WIDOW JONES.

The important thing about this film is the camera placement. Intead of seeing the actors full-length as if photographed on a stage, the photographer placed the camera near them so that we can clearly see their faces. The actual kiss is an innocent kiss as an old husband would kiss his wife. However, the closeness of the images disturbed many Victorian era people who felt a kiss was a private moment and should not be seen in public. While neither Irwin or Rice went on to make many more films, they were certainly some of the first celebrities to be immortalized on film. Looked at in this context, it is certainly an interesting little film.

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