Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
Georgy Girl (1966, UK)
Startling and Impulsive Kiss
This UK romantic comedy of manners set in the era of 'free love' in the "Swinging London" of the 1960s was based upon Margaret Forster's novel. It was the first film to carry the label "suggested for mature audiences" (the M rating) - only a month after the Production Code was revised.
The film told of a threesome between:
In one startling scene during an argument, Georgy and Jos' lips suddenly met, in front of the very pregnant, bitchy and complaining Meredith. As they pulled back, Meredith quipped: "Thunderous chorus on the piano, the scream of a train going into a tunnel. Don't pass out, dear."
They stared at each other - dumbstruck. Georgy raced from the apartment when Jos attempted a second kiss. But it was the start of a secret affair between Georgy and Jos.
Writer/director Richard Brooks' western action-adventure set in 1917 told of the hiring of four mercenaries to retrieve Maria (Claudia Cardinale), the kidnapped wife of wealthy rancher Grant (Ralph Bellamy), from the hideout of Mexican bandito Raza (Jack Palance).
In a sub-plot, one of the "professionals" - dynamiter Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster), said to Raza's dying bandito accomplice Chiquita (Marie Gomez) after gunning her down in the film's conclusion: "Hello, baby." She replied, "Long time since I hear 'baby'."
He raised her into his arms as she asked: "Hey, you ever find that damn gold mine, eh?" but then pointed her concealed gun at his neck and squeezed the trigger, but it clicked blank. She noted: "I am not lucky today" to which he replied: "But you're beautiful."
She reminisced about him being her past lover: "Querido, baby. We had some fine times together." He answered: "Terrific." She requested a kiss ("Give us a kiss"), and he obliged, and then she expired in his arms.
Nervous, Off-Guard Kiss
Director Mike Nichol's second film was an influential big hit of the mid-1960s which captured the mood of alienated youth in the character of a recent 21 year-old graduate from an upper middle-class family.
Son Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) experienced his first fearful - but lustful - bedroom encounter in a hotel for an affair with a neurotic, seductive and alcoholic neighbor. He was nervously there to have sex with the calm and almost businesslike, married Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). He arranged to meet her upstairs in a single, luxury hotel room - number 568. Feigning sleepiness and assuring the desk clerk that he had his toothbrush, Benjamin walked down the long hotel corridor to his room. After entering, he tested the lights and stood in the dark shadows surveying the room. To insure privacy, he closed the blinds and then brushed his teeth in the bathroom.
After she turned on the light upon entering, he almost immediately moved the "Don't Disturb" sign to the outside of the door, set the door lock, and turned the lights back off. He kissed her before she could exhale smoke from a drag on her cigarette.
Aggravating his bad case of nerves by her coolness, she asked before starting to undress: "I'll get undressed now, is that alright?" He queried: "Shall I just stand here? I mean, I don't know what you want me to do." He agreed to watch, and then clumsily retrieved a hanger for her clothes. He asked, ridiculously: "Wood or wire? They have both." Then, he spontaneously grabbed Mrs. Robinson's right breast and then banged his head against the wall in frustration, babbling moral platitudes ("I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends") and resolving to end the affair before it began. He could not believe that an older married woman, one of his parents' best friends, was seducing him.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Revolutionary Rear View Mirror Kiss
Stanley Kramer's and Columbia Pictures' audacious, socially-conscious message film (featuring the last teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy) was the first truly mainstream Hollywood film to portray an inter-racial couple's romance. It was between:
Except for one brief revolutionary view of the couple kissing (seen in a cab driver's rear view mirror on their way to the city of San Francisco from the airport), other scenes of their physical intimacy were edited out.
Two For the Road (1967, UK)
This non-linear romantic comedy from director Stanley Donen told about a volatile couple's 12-year marital relationship as they made successive road-trips to the French Riviera. The couple experiencing a contentious time together during a series of road trips were:
By the film's conclusion after the couple had ultimately reconciled and accepted who they were, Mark leaned over to kiss Joanna. He endearingly called her: "Bitch" and she responded back: "Bastard."
Afterwards, their car went through a French-Italian border checkpoint and they drove away to a more resolved future in Rome.
Man and Ape - "You're So Damned Ugly" Kiss
Director Franklin J. Schaffner's sci-fi adventure-fantasy told of a planet led by talking, intelligent apes where humans were mute slave captives. Before native girl Nova (Linda Harrison) and displaced, time-traveling astronaut-human George Taylor (Charlton Heston) left on horseback to follow the shoreline in the film's conclusion, Taylor told Dr. Zira's young nephew Lucius (Lou Wagner): "Remember. Never trust anybody over 30."
As they stood next to crashing waves on the beach, he wished to kiss sympathetic, socially-developed scientist-ape Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter) goodbye ("Doctor, I'd like to kiss you goodbye"). He asked permission, and she agreed, but added:
Young Lovers Touch Hands and Kiss
Director Franco Zeffirelli's late 1960s version of the oft-told tragic romantic tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers broke tradition by casting teenaged lead performers for the main roles.
After circling around the perimeter of an assembled crowd during a song, teenaged Romeo (Leonard Whiting) took Juliet (Olivia Hussey) by the hand from the opposite side of a pillar, and spoke his first words to her alone - to tell her of his passion.
She responded in equal measure as they sensually pressed their hands together in this famous scene.
The Famous Balcony Scene Kisses
From the Capulet garden, Romeo saw Juliet upon her balcony in front of her illuminated windows - at the start of the famous balcony scene. He began to utter his famous soliloquoy: "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? O...it is my lady, oh, it is my love. O that she knew she were...."
He heard her thinking to herself:
When she realized he was in her presence, she asked if he would swear that he loved her. Fearing that she was too forward and "too quickly won," she promised to deny her strong, profuse feelings of love so that he could woo her more formally. She admitted that she should have been more restrained about confiding her "true love's passion" but her love was still innocent and true.
Romeo swore his love for her by the moon, but Juliet didn't want a variable love characterized by the changing phases of the "circled orb." She only wanted him to "swear by thy gracious self." Romeo complied: "If my heart's dear love, I swear! Oh, Juliet!" - and they hugged and kissed passionately.
Juliet wished to say good night (and she sweetly kissed Romeo good-night) while fearing for his safety, and also so that the bud of their blossoming love would have time to bloom and grow into a "beauteous flower," but Romeo wished for her to remain a bit longer so they could exchange loving vows. She pleaded that she had already given her vows from her boundless bounty, as she confessed: "My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite."
They rushed into each other's arms and hugged/kissed again before he was forced to depart.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
360 Degree, Lengthy After-Chess Kiss
Director Norman Jewison's romantic caper film featured a dizzy 360 degree view of a 70-second kiss (mostly uninterrupted) between two individuals suspicious and wary of each other engaged in a film-long cat-and-mouse game:
They had just finished a challenging, 6 1/2 minute mostly non-verbal chess game with palpable sexual tension, foreplay and imagery. The game began after he had asked: "You play," and she responded: "Try me." In the middle of the game, she sensually touched her finger to her lips, and stroked the black bishop chess piece. When she declared "Check," he slowly stood up, leaned on the back of his chair, pulled her by the arm to her feet and suggested:
The camera moved around the osculating couple to the tune of "The Windmills Of Your Mind."
The very long kiss finally dissolved into a blur of color.
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