The Kiss (1896)

Romance | 1896

Producer:

Thomas A. Edison

Cinematographer:

William Heise

Production Company:

Edison Mfg. Co.
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HISTORY

The Edison catalog summarizes the film as follows: "May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to Kiss, begin to Kiss, and Kiss and Kiss in a way that brings down the house."
       According to the S. Lubin catalog summary: "An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice, from the farce comedy of the Widow Jones, the most popular subject ever shown. They get ready to Kiss, begin to Kiss, and Kiss and Kiss in a way that brings down the house."
       The Kiss was filmed in what is considered to be the first medium closeup shot. Irwin and Rice performed the kiss in the Broadway musical comedy The Widow Jones, but by the time the film was released, Rice had been replaced with another actor. Audiences resisted, however, and the two were reunited.
       Edison did not copyright The Kiss, but four years later filmed another The Kiss (1900, see entry), which he did copyright. The second kissing couple is unknown.
       For more information about the early history of Thomas A. Edison’s film production, see Edison Kinetoscopic Records ... More Less

The Edison catalog summarizes the film as follows: "May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to Kiss, begin to Kiss, and Kiss and Kiss in a way that brings down the house."
       According to the S. Lubin catalog summary: "An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice, from the farce comedy of the Widow Jones, the most popular subject ever shown. They get ready to Kiss, begin to Kiss, and Kiss and Kiss in a way that brings down the house."
       The Kiss was filmed in what is considered to be the first medium closeup shot. Irwin and Rice performed the kiss in the Broadway musical comedy The Widow Jones, but by the time the film was released, Rice had been replaced with another actor. Audiences resisted, however, and the two were reunited.
       Edison did not copyright The Kiss, but four years later filmed another The Kiss (1900, see entry), which he did copyright. The second kissing couple is unknown.
       For more information about the early history of Thomas A. Edison’s film production, see Edison Kinetoscopic Records (1893). More Less

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ECJ1
p. 70.
ECJ6
p. 12.
ECJY4
p. 17.
ECM0
p. 36.
ECM2
p. 35.
ECS2
p. 79.
LBCJ3
p. 42.
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 238.
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LITERARY
Scene re-enacted from the play The Widow Jones by John J. McNally (New York City, 16 Sep 1895).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1896
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
50
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Canadian actress May Irwin and co-star John Rice re-enact their kiss from the Broadway musical comedy The Widow Jones. ... +


Canadian actress May Irwin and co-star John Rice re-enact their kiss from the Broadway musical comedy The Widow Jones. +

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Legend
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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