If there is one constant in almost all films, it is that of the art of kissing
Whether in silent films, black and white, romantic, or comedy, this universal form of expression speaks far more than the possibility of words. There are so many attributes that combine to make a film kiss memorable: the unpredictability, the chemistry, the circumstances, or perhaps even the awkwardness. If captured, a first kiss, last kiss or fourth kiss can be just as relatable and emotionally provoking as the viewers’ own life experiences.
Perhaps the reason kisses remain so sentimental is because this sweet affection defines moments of our lives, from our youth, to adolescence, to adulthood. There are kisses received from one’s parents; a comforting affection that could never be duplicated by anyone else. There is a first kiss, which is unforgettable, as it marks a new experience. A matrimonial kiss changes the life of two people as they say, “I do,” to a forever together. Even a melancholic last kiss, although bittersweet, can prove to be just as beautiful.
Kisses in fact, define our lives. And it is for this very reason alone, that we anticipate the moment just before an onscreen kiss, cry when a kiss tells of a goodbye, laugh as two characters dance their way through the awkwardness of a first kiss, or swoon when a kiss promises the beginning of a happily ever after.
Text by Jennifer Paccione