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The Kiss (1896)

Two people kiss.

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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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A fifteen-second kiss by May Irwin and John C. Rice in the movie brought the first demand for film censorship. See more »

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Edited into Sixty Years of Seduction (1981) See more »

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Historically important early short
14 March 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of the earliest shorts, The Kiss is a 20 second film produced by Thomas Edison, showing the ending kiss in John J. McNally's play The Widow Jones between the titular character and Billie Bikes.

This short is remarkable for a couple reasons. One, it was one of the first publicly exhibited films, and two, it caused a minor scandal because of its "indecency". The scandal seems ridiculous now, although its not far removed in attitude from current cries for censorship in the media.

The film itself, although understandably jumpy and scratchy, is remarkable for its clarity, especially when compared to many photographs of the era. The scene depicted is amusing for the two characters talking while their faces are pressed together.

You should be able to find this short on DVD on a number of different anthologies of early films.


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