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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 1 Feb 1999 09:30:33 -0600
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Katherine Kasirer requests:

> This message may have already been posted. Please excuse the duplication if
> it has.
> The National Film Board of Canada is producing a film about kissing entitled
> SLIPPERY BLISSES:WHAT'S IN A KISS? The idea is to "celebrate the kiss - it's
> human ethology, symbolism, sexuality, its politics and consequences.
> What would you all consider to be nominations for the greatest screen kisses
> of all time.
> Thanks for any suggestions.

There was a montage of such scenes in the "Romance" episode of the
HOLLYWOOD TV/video series shown on PBS a couple of years ago--
and Disney has run montages of kisses from Disney films as well

The Edison Co. "The Kiss"--one of the first movies (and by some
accounts, the first film to be banned in Boston!)

Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS--with its extended embrace/kiss scene in the apt.
and later kiss by the wine cellar

Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW--Grace Kelly's first appearance in the film

Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND, with Bergman opening doors for Gregory Peck

I haven't seen this one, but THE KISS (1929) by Jacques Feyder, with
Garbo and Lew Ayres, looks promising

Sam Fuller's THE NAKED KISS--for "perversion"

The extended kiss between Queen Gertrude and her son in Olivier's HAMLET

The flirting scene leading up to the kiss at the end of both Olivier's
and Branagh's HENRY V

Stanley and Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

The looming closeup kiss of Taylor and Clift in A PLACE IN THE SUN

The two women leads in PERSONAL BEST

Shug and Celie in THE COLOR PURPLE

LADY AND THE TRAMP, eating spaghetti, and the parody of the scene

Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, in any number of Warner Bros. cartoons

Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesy, at the end of Powell & Pressburger's I

The kiss between two kids at the end of Truffaut's SMALL CHANGE


Stanwyck and Fonda in THE LADY EVE

W.C. Fields playing "squidgie" in NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK

W.C. Fields and a goat in MY LITTLE CHICKADEE

Mae West in SHE DONE HIM WRONG (among others!)

The kiss of reconciliation in Murnau's SUNRISE

The very wet kiss on the beach in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

The "kiss of life" in THE ABYSS


The parting kiss between Molina and Valentin in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

Peter Finch and Murray Head in SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY

Kisses of allegiance and death in THE GODFATHER

All those demure kisses behind screens, fans, etc. at the end of Busby
Berkely numbers (eg., 42ND STREET)

Hepburn and Stewart, Hepburn and Grant in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

Stewart and Donna Reed in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in THE QUIET MAN (and the homage to that
scene in E.T.)

Bogie and Bergman in CASABLANCA

Bogie and Bacall in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

Keaton's "saluting machine" kiss at the end of THE GENERAL

The terrifying kiss in the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

Negotiating a kiss with a slit nose in CHINATOWN

And, finally, the most *thoughtful* kiss in recent films, Natasha
McElhone and DeNiro in RONIN

Don Larsson
Donald Larsson
Minnesota State U, Mankato
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