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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 ... The Widow Jones
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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This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room. See more »

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One of the first motion pictures to hit cinemas!
11 September 2001 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

The Kiss is simple that. It's about 20 seconds long, each second pure and innocent as your first kiss. Even the way it is filmed, very close and personal, that it makes you feel like it is the first time you are witnessing a kiss. You're never going to see this unless you take a History of Film class. Make sure you're there for the first day of class because that's when they're going to show this flick. It stands today as one of the first motion picture shorts in America.


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