Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
1955 - 2
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
First "Soft" Kiss
Director Nicholas Ray's affecting drama of alienated teenagers told about various misunderstood students in a Los Angeles suburb, including the two main characters who both had self-absorbed, hypocritical, indifferent or unloving parents, but found true love with each other:
Under a moonlit sky, she waited for her fellow student to return home. He found her sitting next to his driveway when he drove up, wrapped tightly in a pink coat to keep warm. She greeted him with an affectionate name: "Hello, Jamie," and he was surprised. She warned: "They'll be looking for you...It doesn't matter to them," referring to the earlier, deadly chicken-run car race. She admitted: "I'm just numb." He leaned forward and confided in her:
She apologized to him for her earlier behavior that morning and the way she bowed to peer pressure: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I treated you mean today. You shouldn't believe what I say when I'm with the rest of the kids. Nobody, nobody acts sincere."
He kissed her for the first time, sweetly on the right side of her forehead. She asked: "Why did you do that?" He responded: "I felt like it," and she said lovingly: "Your lips are soft." (see further below)
Kiss To Seal Love
Later, after getting to know each other better, Jim (James Dean) and Judy (Natalie Wood) sealed their love with a passionate kiss while spending the night together in the old deserted Los Angeles mansion near the planetarium.
Settling down, Judy opened her heart to Jim in a very intimate sequence, as she laid next to him and confessed why she was falling in love with him. She asked: "Is this what it's like to love somebody?...What kind of a person do you think a girl wants?" She agreed that she wanted "a man" - "but a man who can be gentle and sweet - like you are." To her, Jim was a man who was very different from her irresponsible and unloving father. She added: "Someone who doesn't run away when you want them. Like being Plato's friend when nobody else liked him. That's being strong."
She transferred her love for her father to a new heroic man and ideal partner - Jim. He had the traits of a man who was brave and strong (and wouldn't run away or abandon her), caring, responsible, gentle and sweet with peaceful instincts.
Awkward Falling to the Floor Kiss
Screenwriter George Axelrod wrote the script, based upon his successful 1952 Broadway play, for this comedy about a middle-aged man who became enamoured of his upstairs neighbor during his hot summer as a city bachelor.
When a sexy, light-headed blonde Girl (Marilyn Monroe) requested, over drinks of champagne, that her NY publisher-neighbor Richard Sherman (co-star Tom Ewell) play some music on the piano, she was startled that he banged out the tune Chopsticks. She exclaimed: "Chopsticks! I can play that too. Shove over."
She joined him on the piano bench, and they sang ("Bum bum bum bum bum bum...") and played together. When they finished, she giggled and gushed: "I don't know about Rachmaninoff, whether it shakes you and quakes you and stuff, but this really gets me...and how!" After another hearty round of the song, she admitted: "I can feel the goose-pimples." She began again, but he stopped. When she asked why, he approached his musical partner with a romantically-snooty Charles Boyer-like accent:
She jerked backwards, and his lips never quite reached hers as expected. They fell backwards off the piano bench as she blurted out: "Hey! Wait a minute." They were left sprawled on the floor together:
Summertime (1955) (aka Summer Madness)
Kissing on a Balcony During Fireworks
In this romantic melodrama by director David Lean, single, repressed, middle-aged Ohio secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) went on a long-awaited 3-week tour of Venice, Italy (shot on location).
There, the spinster met suave Italian antiques-shop owner Renato de Rossi (Rossano Brazzi) at an outdoor cafe and was quickly charmed, although she soon was disillusioned when she learned that he was producing fake red glass goblets and lying about them.
However, she couldn't resist his attentions, and in a classic scene of seduction, she went dancing with the married (but separated) man, and was led back to his Venice canal home where they watched a brilliant fireworks display (metaphoric for sexual passion - as in Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (1955) - see below) from his balcony and kissed.
She dropped one of her new red shoes (a passionate color!) while following him into the apartment for a mid-1950s romantic consummation.
Later, after learning that he was married, she ended the affair but still clung to him, although she left Venice on a train. As the train pulled away, he ran alongside but was unable to reach her with a parting gift (and a gardenia), in the film's conclusion.
Unexpected Hotel Room Door Kiss
Director Alfred Hitchcock's mystery romance was set on the Riviera's lush Cote d'Azur - a light-hearted story about a copy-cat cat-burglar and an amorous affair between:
Early on in the film, Robie first encountered the pampered, husband-hunting blonde Frances at an opulent Beach Club in Cannes. He saw her a second time over drinks at the Carlton Hotel, when she was wearing a virginal and icy blue gown.
He escorted her back to her hotel suite - and to his complete surprise, she unlocked her door, turned - and then after a warm glance into his eyes, she placed her arm around his shoulder and passionately kissed him. Without a word, she then backed away, and shut her door.
He slowly turned toward the camera with a satisfied smile on his lip-stick stained lips. (see further below)
Picnic Basket Kiss
After becoming acquainted the night before, Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) again ran into Robie (Cary Grant) in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. She quipped: "Should I ask the social director to introduce us?"
Later, she forwardly and assertively asked Robie (Cary Grant): "Do you have time for me now?" She invited him to join her for a picnic basket lunch and a drive in her open convertible sports car ("I have my car and a basket lunch with chicken and beer"). She offered her services as a chauffeur and translator: "I'll give you a wholesale rate and no tipping." He accepted her "generous" terms ("too generous to refuse"). During the drive, she asked:
He told her she was a "headstrong girl" and finally admitted: "You're a singular girl...You know what you want. You go out after it, and nothing stops you from getting it...You're a jackpot of admirable character traits...Yes, I will say you do things with dispatch. No wasted preliminaries. Not only did I enjoy that kiss last night, I was awed by the efficiency behind it." She replied: "Well, I'm a great believer of getting down to essentials."
After a tense and swervy car ride to evade a pursuit car, she parked at a "lonely and secluded" picnic spot that she had picked out, overlooking the seaside town, where they shared the contents of her picnic basket placed on the front seat. (He sat on the floorboard with his legs out the open passenger door.) Their conversation was particularly saucy and filled with witty double entendres and sexy innuendo. When she passed him a beer, he asked: "You got an opener?"
In a famous line, Francie made an offer to Robie, referring to the fried chicken (and more) that she had brought on the picnic:
She was enticed by the possibility that he was a famed jewelry thief, and wanted to join him: "The Cat has a new kitten. When do we start?" When he tightly gripped her arm, she told him: "You're leaving fingerprints on my arm." He pulled her down on top of the picnic basket to 'steal' a kiss from her and make her part of the lunch feast. (see further below)
Orgasmic Fireworks Kissing
In the film's famous seduction scene in Frances Stevens' (Grace Kelly) hotel suite at 8pm the same evening as the picnic, she had invited suspected cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) to join her and watch fireworks at the casino. The real fireworks exploded through the open doors in the background (over the water in the night sky), as other 'sexual' fireworks burst within the room - she invitingly turned out the lights:
The metaphoric dialogue was exceptionally laced with playful sensuality. Acting as an exploitative predator, she enticed him by displaying her white strapless gown and his main weakness - her sparkling, glistening diamond necklace as the ultimate prize (the word 'diamonds' also referred to her bare decolletage and breasts). She asked if he was staring at her valuable necklace that he was frustratingly "unable to touch." "The thrill is right there in front of you, but you can't quite get it." She enticingly stroked her necklace.
She mentioned his casing of the Sanford villa, during their country drive, guessing he was planning a future robbery - and she plotted to help him: "I'll get all the information. We'll do it together. What do you say?"
She then sat alluringly on the couch, and attempted to force Robie into admitting that he was a thief: "Give up, John. Admit who you are." She encouraged him to extol the beauty of both her diamonds -- and her breasts:
He responded: "I've never had a crazier one." She purred: "Just as long as you're satisfied." He remarked about her fake diamond necklace: "You know as well as I do. This necklace is imitation," to which she replied: "Well, I'm not." (They kissed.)
The scene climaxed with the white-hot, orgasmic peak of the colorful fireworks exhibition bursting in a vibrant closeup in the night sky, illuminating the intensity of their kiss.
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