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.
The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
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A properly dressed young woman takes off several layers of clothing. At the end of a minute of rapid undressing, she is still wearing a long undergarment that clothes her fully.
This is one of few surviving movies of Albert 'Esme' Collings. He was born in 1859, filmed about two dozen movies in 1896, and lived until 1936. He went into business with William Friese-Greene about 1890, worked as a photographer until about 1906 and then retired to paint.
Although this is of some interest as early soft-core pornography and shows the good composition that would be expected of a professional photographer, there isn't much else to say. It, and Mr. Collings remain a minor footnote in the history of movies, with a single entry in the index.
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