Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
Cactus Flower (1969)
In this light-hearted late 60s romantic comedy by director Gene Saks, middle-aged, single, philandering Fifth Avenue dentist Dr. Julian Winston (Walter Matthau) proposed that his spinsterish, long-time nurse receptionist of ten years, Miss Stephanie Dickinson (Ingrid Bergman), pose as his super-competent, dignified and gracious "office wife."
It was part of a ruse of the commitment-phobic dentist to convince his suicidal girlfriend/fiancee Toni Simmons (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Goldie Hawn) that he had been mired in a loveless marriage, and was delayed seeking a divorce. Earlier, he had told her a little "white lie" that he had a wife and three children.
Lovelorn Miss Dickinson thought it was a "contemptible" way that she was being used, but she ultimately acquiesed to Julian's request, because of her hidden crush on him. At one point, he told her:
She replied encouragingly: "When will you know for sure?" After they kissed passionately, he vowed: "I plan to do this often." She responded: "I'll make a note to remind you."
The Only James Bond Pre-Marital Kiss
This was the only James Bond film in which agent 007 (George Lazenby) married one of his romantic conquests, after having two other trysts! She was the only Mrs. James Bond in the entire series.
His first love-making encounter with headstrong, independent-spirited, and suicidal Contessa Teresa (or "Tracy") Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), was in his South of France hotel room, after he covered a gambling debt for her. Lying on his balcony's lounge-bed, she stated that she was there for "a business transaction" - to repay her debt of 20,000 Francs to him - she kissed Bond.
After spending the night with Bond, he was awakened the next morning and discovered she had left (and checked out). In his bedside drawer, Bond's gun had been replaced by two 10,000 Franc gambling chips, he had been "paid in full."
Later after she became convinced that he really loved her, Bond still went ahead and had two other trysts with "Angels of Death" - hypnotized allergy patients at Piz Gloria, the headquarters of SPECTRE chief Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas). However, his real love remained Tracy.
After she helped him evade Blofeld during pursuit, they sought refuge together during a blinding snowstorm in a barn. As they kissed and spoke intimately to each other, Bond considered finding another profession and confessed his true love for Tracy - and then proposed marriage
He called her "Mrs. James Bond" while kissing her, but then announced that they wouldn't make love: "The proper time for this is our wedding night, and that's my New Years' resolution." But then he collapsed her bed above him, so that she fell into his arms: "It's not New Year yet."
In the film's conclusion after Bond's mission was completed, they were married in Portugal at her father's ranch They drove away for their honeymoon. Stopping by the side of the road, he removed flowers from their adorned car to give to her, while she was mentioning that the best wedding present she had already received was "a future." He kissed her with a flower between her lips - it was their last kiss.
Suddenly in the film's tragic ending, without warning, MP-40 submachine gun fire from a passing silver Mercedes 600 sedan (driven by Blofeld) strafed their car in a drive-by shooting, and she was hit in the forehead by a bullet through the windshield and instantly killed. He cradled her in his arms.
"I Care" Kiss, and Snowy Kisses
There were a number of touching, oft-remembered kissing scenes in this tearjerker romance from director Arthur Hiller that featured the star-crossed couple:
Their major scene was walking across Harvard campus and talking about their relationship. Oliver delivered a harsh ultimatum to Jenny, and challenged her to have the courage to care:
They stopped walking as she replied, simply: "I care" before they kissed. The scene dissolved into their nude embracing and kissing during love-making in his dormitory room.
Shortly later in the film, in a snowy montage, they ended up playing in the snow, making snow angels, running and chasing after each other, wrestling together, eating snow, making a snowman (and kissing), tossing a football at each other in a stadium, and collapsing in each other's arms with kisses and flecks of snow on their faces.
Another well-remembered scene was the marriage ceremony between Oliver and Jenny, with their vows spoken first by Jenny, as the camera circled around them:
After meeting many obstacles and making sacrifices, Jenny was diagnosed as terminally ill when she was tested for pregnancy. She tried to put up a confident front and encourage Oliver: "I'm counting on you to be strong, you god-damn hockey jock...You, after all, are going to be the merry widower...Yes you will be. I want you to be merry. You'll be merry, OK?"
Jenny died in his arms at the hospital in a tear-inducing closing. With Oliver at her deathbed side, she was upset with him that he was looking guilty and blaming himself:
She made a last request of him:
He reclined next to her on the bed, and she was dead by the next scene.
"Hot Lips" Kisses
In director Robert Altman's antic-filled ensemble satire on the Korean War, there were two celebrated scenes of the pranks played by the members of the free-wheeling 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) camp on uptight chief nurse Major Margaret Houlihan (Sally Kellerman), who deservedly earned the nickname "Hot Lips."
In one of the funny scenes, they broadcast (as a "little radio show") on loudspeakers her love-making tryst with hypocritical tee-totaler Major 'Frank' Burns (Robert Duvall):
As he hungrily was atop her and undressing and they began making love (in the dark), she cried out:
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Dust-Swirling, Hallucinatory Kisses and Love Making in the Desert
In Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's simplistic film of a failed view of America, there was an extraordinary sequence in a most unlikely place. It was an hallucinatory fantasy, and a dust-swirling lovemaking orgy sequence in the desert sand dunes (at the lowest point in the United States - Zabriskie Point).
Two disconnected young people met there:
The couple parked at an overlook, then ran down into a dry river-bed area, where they began making love. Other copulating and kissing couples magically appeared, creating a massive 'love-in.'
THX 1138 (1971)
Illicit Kissing and Emotions in a Futuristic Police State
In a post-apocalyptic, oppressive futuristic, underground world of the 25th century set up as a police state, envisioned by director George Lucas in this short 81 minute theatrical film, people were required to wear white gowns and shave their heads - and "programmed for perfect happiness".
Two individuals who refused to take their state-required, prescribed, anti-emotion drug doses that suppressed sexual desire were:
They began to experience illegal sexual feelings for each other, including passionate kissing and love-making, but then were caught and arrested by the black-garbed android enforcement police, for drug evasion and for committing sexual intercourse.
He experienced a brief reunion when he was imprisoned in a completely-white limbo world, and she told him she was pregnant ("I'm going to have a child"). They kissed uncontrollably after shedding their white garments before interrupted by the android police.
A short time later, THX found out that LUH's identification number had been reassigned to Foetus 66691 in a growth chamber - she had been declared 'incurable' and consumed (or killed).
Summer of '42 (1971)
Teenaged Kisses of Comfort for Lost Husband
Director Robert Mulligan's coming-of-age drama was told in flashback by a middle-aged man, telling about his short, life-altering summer romance on 1940s Nantucket Island. He remembered back to his sexual awakening and coming of age as a teen:
The pivotal scene occurred after Dorothy learned by telegram that her husband had been killed in action during WWII. When Hermie entered her eerily-quiet beach-home, he saw a bottle of whiskey, cigarette butts, and a government telegram.
With tears in her eyes and slightly drunk, she came out of her bedroom and put her head on Hermie's shoulder. She slowly danced (barefooted) with him to the tune (the film's theme song) playing on a phonograph record, and tenderly kissed him a few times before beckoning him to her bedroom for comfort.
After he left her that evening on the porch, that was the last time he saw her, after she had quietly told him: "Good night, Hermie." Soon after, he read a note that Dorothy had left for him.
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971, UK)
This groundbreaking, acclaimed UK melodrama by director John Schlesinger was notable for its tale of a romantic triangle between:
They both loved the same young man - bisexual artist/sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head).
It was the first major (or mainstream) motion picture to feature two gay characters kissing on the lips, in a sympathetic and realistic portrayal of homosexual relations. After a greeting hug and some pleasantries, the two kissed each other - it was a long and deep kiss.
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