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The Kiss (1896)

Not Rated | | Short, Romance | 1 April 1896 (USA)
In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.

Director:

William Heise

Writer:

John J. McNally (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
May Irwin May Irwin ... The Widow Jones
John C. Rice John C. Rice ... Billie Bikes
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 April 1896 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The May Irwin Kiss See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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A first in more ways than one.
13 February 2002 | by Nozze-FotoSee all my reviews

I discovered silent movies one day when I was too sick to go to school and the local educational TV station ran several of them. That was where I was exposed to this early Edison short. Later I discovered this simple film, showing nothing more than 2 people kissing, was blasted by clergyman who used such terms as "A lyric of the stockyards" to describe this intimate act blown up larger than life and projected on a screen. Here moving pictures were still in their infancy and already certain people who let zealotry replace common sense were calling for censorship! Some things never change! We are lucky that so many Edison shorts survived for us to see these days. You have to wonder what all the fuss was about.


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